swords·​man | \ ˈsȯrdz-mən How to pronounce swordsman (audio) \

Definition of swordsman

1 : one skilled in swordplay especially : a saber fencer
2 archaic : a soldier armed with a sword

Examples of swordsman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Refusing to kill an infant from an enemy clan, a master swordsman takes the child and flees to an American frontier town. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Around 2,000 guests witnessed a large courtyard procession of swordsmen, archers, drum and gong players and flag displays before curtains were thrown back on the takamikura and Naruhito began to speak. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, "Japan Celebrates Emperor Naruhito’s Enthronement with the Ultimate Royal Guest List!," 22 Oct. 2019 Noon Sunday Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Aug. 16-22," 15 Aug. 2019 Made up of 20,000 of the most skilled swordsman in the free cities (the Unsullied could be considered the best, but they were enslaved), the Golden Company has quite the reputation. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Will the Golden Company Betray Cersei Lannister and Determine Westeros' Ruler?," 30 Apr. 2019 Alejandro is cousin both to the masterless swordsmen of Japanese cinema and to the lone gunslingers of the postwar Hollywood western. Taylor Sheridan, New York Times, "Review: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Blends War Movie and Western," 28 June 2018 Manji kills all of his opponents, losing his little sister, a hand, and one of his eyes in the process; now having lost his social position, his family, and lots of blood, the swordsman prepares to die. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Foreign / On Video You probably missed Blade of the Immortal when it played here, but now you can catch it on DVD and BluRay," 9 Mar. 2018 The moniker was borrowed from a cunning swordsman in a novel by Jin Yong. The Economist, "A martial-arts mega-hit finally arrives in English," 22 Feb. 2018 Blade of the Immortal (Feb. 13) For pure, unadulterated samurai action, few modern movies can top Takeshi Miike’s 100th directorial effort, about a swordsman who’s given eternal life by a supernatural being. Nick Schager, Esquire, "Here Are the Must-Stream Movies of February 2018," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of swordsman

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jan 2020

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“Swordsman.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swordsman. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of swordsman

: a person who fights with a sword


swords·​man | \ ˈsȯrdz-mən How to pronounce swordsman (audio) \
plural swordsmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of swordsman

: a person who fights with a sword

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