swords·​man ˈsȯrdz-mən How to pronounce swordsman (audio)
: one skilled in swordplay
especially : a saber fencer
archaic : a soldier armed with a sword

Examples of swordsman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pursued by a ruthless authority known as the Marines, Luffy assembles a grudging and eccentric crew that includes the gifted swordsman Roronoa Zoro (Mackenyu), the thief Nami (Emily Rudd) and the slingshot-wielding Usopp (Jacob Romero). Brian Lowry, CNN, 31 Aug. 2023 In the film, the drunken swordsman sacrifices himself for a friend. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 3 July 2023 Dancing swordsman Titos Tsai thrills judges with ‘beautiful dance’ Titos Tsai is a master of the art of adrenaline. USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2023 In Seven Samurai, each one of the swordsmen has a very distinctive body language. Vulture, 21 June 2023 Despite being a master swordsman, Onimanji faces many challenges in the 21st century and is condemned to work with an eccentric team of misfits. Patrick Frater, Variety, 9 May 2023 Along the way, Wick also fights the blind swordsman Caine (Donnie Yen) and the mysterious tracker Mr. Nobody (Shamier Anderson), who shares Wick’s love for dogs. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 24 Mar. 2023 After killing countless High Table henchmen, falling down hundreds of stairs and dueling one blind master swordsman, Keanu Reeves’ John Wick is…dead? Jordan Moreau, Variety, 24 Mar. 2023 Original star Kilmer, who played the dashing swordsman Madmartigan in the original film, had to be written out of the series just ahead of filming due to Covid-19 restrictions, but Delaney point to fan theories that Slater will perhaps step in for the character in some way. Dan Heching, CNN, 29 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of swordsman was in 1657

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“Swordsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swordsman. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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swords·​man ˈsō(ə)rdz-mən How to pronounce swordsman (audio)
: one who fights with a sword
: one skilled in the use of the sword

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