- a knife, especially a large double-edged one formerly carried as a weapon.
Origin of couteau
1670–80; < French; Old French coutel < Latin cultellus; see cultellus
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Examples from the Web for couteau
A curiously-formed ridge, a couteau des prairies on a small scale, traversed the plain from east to west.The Scalp Hunters
This was crossed by another shoulder belt, to which was hung a hunting knife, or couteau de chasse.Quentin Durward
Sir Walter Scott
With the couteau croche, the crooked knife of the North, Dick laboured slowly, fashioning with care the long tamarack strips.The Silent Places
Steward Edward White
Among these was a couteau de chasse, with a double-barrelled pistol in a handle of jade.Pickle the Spy
The so called "Roman swords" are "anelaces," and a couteau de chasse of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
- a large two-edged knife used formerly as a weapon
C17: from Old French coutel, from Latin cultellus a little knife, from culter knife, ploughshare