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[ek-skal-uh-ber] /ɛkˈskæl ə bər/
noun, Arthurian Romance.
the magic sword of King Arthur. Unabridged
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  • His usual sword, as well known as Arthur's Excalibur, was Skofnungr.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • It's King Arthur himself, with Excalibur, his famous sword, in his hand.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • He stuck to generalities, and what he could remember from a presentation at the court of Excalibur during his student days.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • The loot might run as high as a half-billion Excalibur stellars.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • He gave the emperor many a stroke with Excalibur, but he himself received deep blows.

    King Arthur and His Knights Maude L. Radford
  • If they had they would fall on Excalibur in a body and roll him over and pull him about.

    Scally Ian Hay
  • But Accolon was bolde by cause of Excalibur that he waxed passynge hardy.

  • Excalibur's intellect may have been lofty, but his memory was treacherous.

    Scally Ian Hay
  • This is the place that Tennyson selected for the King's death, and the mysterious disappearance of his famous sword "Excalibur."

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
British Dictionary definitions for Excalibur


(in Arthurian legend) the magic sword of King Arthur
Word Origin
C14: from Old French Escalibor, from Medieval Latin Caliburnus, from Welsh Caledvwlch, perhaps related to Irish Caladbolg a legendary sword (literally: hard belly, hence, voracious)
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Word Origin and History for Excalibur

King Arthur's sword, c.1300, from Old French Escalibor, corruption of Caliburn, in Geoffrey of Monmouth (c.1140) Caliburnus, apparently from Welsh Caledvwlch probably a variant of the legendary Irish sword name Caladbolg which may be literally "hard-belly," i.e. "voracious." For first element, see callus; for second, see belly (n.).

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Excalibur in Culture
Excalibur [(eks-kal-uh-buhr)]

The sword of King Arthur. In one version of the legends of Arthur, he proved his right to rule by pulling Excalibur out of a stone. In another version, he received Excalibur from a maiden, the Lady of the Lake, to whom he returned it at the end of his life.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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