[brawd-sawrd, -sohrd]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for broadsword

Historical Examples of broadsword

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for broadsword



a broad-bladed sword used for cutting rather than stabbingAlso called: backsword
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Word Origin and History for broadsword

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper