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[brawd-sawrd, -sohrd] /ˈbrɔdˌsɔrd, -ˌsoʊrd/
a sword having a straight, broad, flat blade.
Origin of broadsword
before 1000; Middle English brood swerd, Old English brād sweord. See broad, sword Unabridged
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  • Yonder, just in front of thee, lie my bow and arrows, likewise my broadsword.

  • Elisha, first; broadsword, second; that thing of Engle's, third.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • And so saying, he drew his own broadsword and advanced upon Frank.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • A steel pistol and a broadsword were given him for use in case of attack.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • And then Richard was on his feet, cleaving the air about him with his own broadsword.

    ...After a Few Words... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Then, laughing heartily, he regained the other bank and his broadsword.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • Luciano Romara came in, and Ammiani challenged him to small-sword and broadsword.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • There are many exercises with the broadsword, called Practices.

  • There are many exercises with the broadsword, called practices.

    How to Fence Aaron A. Warford
  • Why, that shooter on your back, and that broadsword a-danglin' agin your shins.

    In The Saddle Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for broadsword


a broad-bladed sword used for cutting rather than stabbing Also called backsword
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for broadsword

Old English brad swurd, from broad (adj.) + sword.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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