[ kley-mawr, -mohr ]
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  1. a two-handed sword with a double-edged blade, used by Scottish Highlanders in the 16th century.

  2. a Scottish broadsword with a basket hilt.

Origin of claymore

First recorded in 1765–75, claymore is from Scots Gaelic claidheamh mòr “great sword”

Words Nearby claymore Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use claymore in a sentence

  • But never had they faced in field so stern a charge before, And never had they felt the sweep of Scotland's broad claymore.

  • In vain the war-pipes brayed; in vain a thousand throats cried "claymore!"

    Lochinvar | S. R. Crockett
  • At this point he had to concentrate, for Mrs. claymore leaned over and breathed into her friend's attentive ear.

    The Model of a Judge | William Morrison
  • They would then turn the enemy's flank, and after that the Highland yell and the Highland claymore must do the rest.

    Red Cap Tales | Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • At Clifton, Murray turned on the pursuing dragoons, headed a claymore charge, and drove them back.

British Dictionary definitions for claymore


/ (ˈkleɪˌmɔː, Scottish ˌkleˈmor) /

  1. a large two-edged broadsword used formerly by Scottish Highlanders

  2. a US type of antipersonnel mine

Origin of claymore

C18: from Gaelic claidheamh mōr great sword

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