falchion

[ fawl-chuh n, -shuh n ]
/ ˈfɔl tʃən, -ʃən /

noun

a broad, short sword having a convex edge curving sharply to the point.
Archaic. any sword.

Nearby words

  1. falasha,
  2. falashas,
  3. falbala,
  4. falbelo,
  5. falcate,
  6. falcial,
  7. falciform,
  8. falciform ligament,
  9. falciform ligament of liver,
  10. falciform process

Origin of falchion

1275–1325; Middle English fauchoun (with l restored in 16th cent.) < Old French fauchon < Vulgar Latin *falciōn-, stem of falciō, derivative of Latin falx, stem falc- sickle

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British Dictionary definitions for falchion

falchion

/ (ˈfɔːltʃən, ˈfɔːlʃən) /

noun

a short and slightly curved medieval sword broader towards the point
an archaic word for sword

Word Origin for falchion

C14: from Italian falcione, from falce, from Latin falx sickle

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Word Origin and History for falchion

falchion

n.

"broad sword, somewhat curved," c.1300, fauchoun, from Old French fauchon, from Vulgar Latin *falcionem, from diminutive of Latin falx "sickle."

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