[fawl-chuh n, -shuh n]
- a broad, short sword having a convex edge curving sharply to the point.
- Archaic. any sword.
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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Examples from the Web for falchion
This book, like Mrs. Falchion, was published in two volumes in January.The Trail of the Sword, Complete
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I went to Mrs. Falchion's cabin, and met her outside the door.
All Mrs. Falchion's old self was battling with her new self.
Involuntarily, the eyes of both were attracted to Mrs. Falchion.
- a short and slightly curved medieval sword broader towards the point
- an archaic word for sword
C14: from Italian falcione, from falce, from Latin falx sickle
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Word Origin and History for falchion
"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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