[gley-dee-uh s]

noun, plural gla·di·i [gley-dee-ahy] /ˈgleɪ diˌaɪ/.

a short sword used in ancient Rome by legionaries.

Origin of gladius

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1510–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gladius

Historical Examples of gladius

  • 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