swords·​man | \ ˈsȯrdz-mən \

Definition of swordsman

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

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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 Bokuden was renowned for his skill as a swordsman but also for his ability to use his cleverness to circumvent violence. Rachel Riederer, Smithsonian, "Songbook From the 16th-Century Spells Out Samurai Customs, Tactics and Baby Names," 23 Oct. 2017 When a child is inadvertently killed by battling swordsmen, his mother – danced by Kathleen Dahlhoff – lifts her child into her arms and cuts loose with a silent and gut-wrenching scream. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Review: Emotions heightened in ballet's 'Romeo and Juliet'," 27 Oct. 2017 Much of the advice in the book is attributed to Tsukahara Bokuden, a legendary swordsman of the Sengoku period (circa 1467 to 1567), a century marked by war and upheaval. Rachel Riederer, Smithsonian, "Songbook From the 16th-Century Spells Out Samurai Customs, Tactics and Baby Names," 23 Oct. 2017 How The Princess Bride Built Film’s Most Beloved Sword Fight For six months, Princess Bride star Mandy Patinkin had trained to become Inigo Montoya, the world’s greatest swordsman. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Facebook's Endless Defense Takes On Endless Critiques," 13 Oct. 2017

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1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of swordsman

: a person who fights with a sword


swords·​man | \ ˈsȯrdz-mən \
plural swordsmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of swordsman

: a person who fights with a sword

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