/ (kɜːˈtɑːnə) /
the unpointed sword carried before an English sovereign at a coronation as an emblem of mercy
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Word Origin for curtana
C15: from Anglo-Latin, from Old French cortain, the name of Roland's sword, which was broken at the point, ultimately from Latin curtus short
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