glaive

noun
\ ˈglāv How to pronounce glaive (audio) \

Definition of glaive

archaic
: sword especially : broadsword

First Known Use of glaive

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glaive

Middle English, from Anglo-French, sword, lance, from Latin gladius sword

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