sec·​a·​teur ˌse-kə-ˈtər How to pronounce secateur (audio)
chiefly British
: pruning shears
usually used in plural

Examples of secateur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Benzakein’s popularity, and the growing obsession with picking up the spade or the secateurs, taps into what Ryhanen sees as a deep longing for a connection to the natural world. Deborah Needleman, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2017

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Word History


French sécateur, from Latin secare to cut

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of secateur was in 1881

Dictionary Entries Near secateur

Cite this Entry

“Secateur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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