a short, heavy, slightly curved sword with a single cutting edge, formerly used by sailors.
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How to use cutlass in a sentence
The sword is a piece of wood shaped somewhat like a cutlass.
The others were lying flat in the shadow on the bulwarks, each with cutlass tightly clutched in hand.Stories of Our Naval Heroes | Various
Each man lay in his clothes with a weapon of death in his hand; Robinson with two, a revolver and a cutlass ground like a razor.
At one and the same moment the pistol exploded and the cutlass struck it and knocked it against the other side of the tent.
Now those two fingers are the ones you chopped off with your cutlass the night when the tent was attacked.
British Dictionary definitions for cutlass
a curved, one-edged sword formerly used by sailors
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