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[fawl-chuh n, -shuh n]
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  1. a broad, short sword having a convex edge curving sharply to the point.
  2. Archaic. any sword.
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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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Related Words for falchion

blade, dagger, saber, brand, foil, cutlass, rapier, hanger, sabre, broadsword, kris, epee, creese, claymore, falchion, backsword, scimitar, toledo, dirk, bilbo

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Historical Examples of falchion

  • This book, like Mrs. Falchion, was published in two volumes in January.

    The Trail of the Sword, Complete

    Gilbert Parker

  • Well, of course, she is not striking after the fashion of Mrs. Falchion.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for falchion


  1. a short and slightly curved medieval sword broader towards the point
  2. an archaic word for sword
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Word Origin for falchion

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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