\ ˈkrēs How to pronounce kris (audio) \

Definition of kris

: a Malay or Indonesian dagger with a ridged serpentine blade

Examples of kris in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Raya carries a sword inspired by the Indonesian kris. NBC News, "How 'Raya and the Last Dragon' built a Southeast Asian fantasy world," 3 Mar. 2021 During the sultan’s time, Pesarean was famous for the manufacture of Javanese daggers, known as kris. Larry C. Price, National Geographic, "The Toxic Toll of Indonesia's Battery Recyclers," 31 May 2016

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First Known Use of kris

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kris

Malay kĕris

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13 Mar 2021

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“Kris.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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