scis·​sors | \ ˈsi-zərz How to pronounce scissors (audio) \

Definition of scissors

1 : a cutting instrument having two blades whose cutting edges slide past each other
2a : a gymnastic feat in which the leg movements suggest the opening and closing of scissors

First Known Use of scissors

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scissors

Middle English cisours, sisoures, from Middle French cisoires, from Vulgar Latin *caesorium (singular) cutting instrument, from Latin caedere to cut

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The first known use of scissors was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Scissors.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scissors. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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scissors

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of scissors

: a tool used for cutting paper, cloth, etc., that has two blades joined together in the middle so that the sharp edges slide against each other

scissors

noun plural
scis·​sors | \ ˈsi-zərz How to pronounce scissors (audio) \

Kids Definition of scissors

: a cutting instrument with two blades fastened together so that the sharp edges slide against each other
scis·​sors | \ ˈsiz-ərz How to pronounce scissors (audio) \

Medical Definition of scissors

: a cutting instrument having two blades whose cutting edges slide past each other

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