treb·​u·​chet ˌtre-byə-ˈshet How to pronounce trebuchet (audio)
variants or trebucket
: a medieval military engine for hurling heavy missiles (such as rocks)

Examples of trebuchet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His arms became a sort of trebuchet, flinging the ball 337 yards … over the bunker. Jordan Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 12 Apr. 2024 But those swords are more like lightsabers, the knights ride hovercrafts instead of horses, and the walls are mounted with laser cannons rather than trebuchets. Christian Holub,, 30 June 2023 The clank and ratchet of metal on metal and the thunk of a round being rammed into the breech all recalled the mechanics of ancient cannon and trebuchet, despite the advanced targeting hardware. Hope Hodge Seck, Popular Mechanics, 21 Aug. 2023 The store sells plenty of kits to make things like robots, roller coasters and trebuchets. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2023 Awards will be presented in all four categories – trebuchet, catapult, slight shot and human toss – for farthest distance, most decorative device, most team spirit and accuracy for the competitors hitting any of the 12 random targets in the field. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 11 Oct. 2022 Since 1986, Delaware was known for hosting the annual Punkin Chunkin in Sussex County the first weekend after Halloween, a competition consisting of hurling gourds as far as possibly by human muscle, catapult, centrifuge, trebuchet or air cannon. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2020 Come to think of it, who even needs trebuchet-proof glass? Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2019 Use medieval trebuchets to fire pumpkins into the air while enjoying food, drink, music and family activities. Luann Gibbs,, 28 Oct. 2019

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Word History


Middle English trebochet, from Anglo-French trebuchet

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trebuchet was in the 15th century

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“Trebuchet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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