[ ching-kwi-dee-uh, -dey-uh ]
/ ˌtʃɪŋ kwɪˈdi ə, -ˈdeɪ ə /


an Italian short sword of the late 15th and early 16th centuries having a broad, tapering blade, often richly ornamented.

Origin of cinquedea

1895–1900; < Italian, equivalent to cinque five (≪ Latin quīnque) + dea (dial.) fingers, akin to dito finger (< Latin digitus; see digit) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cinquedea

  • The Anelace and Cinquedea are broad-bladed short weapons used for stabbing only.

    Armour &amp; Weapons|Charles John Ffoulkes