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smallsword

[smawl-sawrd, -sohrd]
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noun
  1. a light, tapering sword for thrusting, formerly used in fencing or dueling.

Origin of smallsword

First recorded in 1680–90; small + sword
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Historical Examples

  • Finally he made him proficient in the polite use of the smallsword and the dice-box.

    The Passionate Elopement

    Compton Mackenzie


British Dictionary definitions for smallsword

smallsword

noun
  1. a light sword used in the 17th and 18th centuries: formerly a fencing weapon
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