kris

noun
\ 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, 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, 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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“Kris.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kris. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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