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[gley-dee-uh s]
noun, plural gla·di·i [gley-dee-ahy] /ˈgleɪ diˌaɪ/.
  1. a short sword used in ancient Rome by legionaries.
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Origin of gladius

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1510–20
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for gladius

Historical Examples

  • I'll take that sword there—no scabbard—and two daggers, besides my gladius.


    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The European species, common in the Mediterranean, is the Xiphias gladius of naturalists.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth