sec·​a·​teur | \ ˌse-kə-ˈtər How to pronounce secateur (audio) , ˈse-kə-ˌtər \

Definition of secateur

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, "What Happened to Traditional Floral Bouquets?," 20 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of secateur

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for secateur

French sécateur, from Latin secare to cut

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The first known use of secateur was in 1881

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“Secateur.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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