[ ek-skal-uh-ber ]
/ ɛkˈskæl ə bər /

noun Arthurian Romance.

the magic sword of King Arthur.
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British Dictionary definitions for excalibur

/ (ɛkˈskælɪbə) /


(in Arthurian legend) the magic sword of King Arthur

Word Origin for Excalibur

C14: from Old French Escalibor, from Medieval Latin Caliburnus, from Welsh Caledvwlch, perhaps related to Irish Caladbolg a legendary sword (literally: hard belly, hence, voracious)
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Cultural definitions for excalibur

[ (eks-kal-uh-buhr) ]

The sword of King Arthur (see also Arthur). In one version of the legends of Arthur, he proved his right to rule by pulling Excalibur out of a stone. In another version, he received Excalibur from a maiden, the Lady of the Lake, to whom he returned it at the end of his life.

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