spontoon

noun

spon·​toon spän-ˈtün How to pronounce spontoon (audio)
: a short pike formerly borne by subordinate officers of infantry

Word History

Etymology

French sponton, from Italian spuntone, from punta sharp point, from Vulgar Latin *puncta — more at point

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spontoon was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Spontoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spontoon. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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