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[kee-yawn] /kiˈyɔ̃/
noun, plural quillons [kee-yawn] /kiˈyɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
either of two transverse projecting members forming the cross guard of a sword.
Origin of quillon
< French, derivative of quille pin, club < Middle High German kegel club Unabridged
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  • The earliest swords which have been found have no quillon or cross guard.

  • On the shores of a lake in Travancore, not far from the remote cantonment of quillon, stands a monument to the memory of a dog.

    'Murphy' Major Gambier-Parry
British Dictionary definitions for quillon


/French kijɔ̃/
(often pl) either half of the extended crosspiece of a sword or dagger
Word Origin
C19: from French, diminutive of quille bowling pin, ultimately from Old High German kegil club, stake
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