[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. cinque,
  2. cinque ports,
  3. cinque terre,
  4. cinquecentist,
  5. cinquecento,
  6. cinquefoil,
  7. cintra,
  8. cinzano,
  9. cinéma vérité,
  10. cio

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