[ gley-dee-uhs ]

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

Origin of gladius

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1510–20

Words Nearby gladius Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use gladius in a sentence

  • The fish referred to is in all likelihood Histiophorus gladius, a species very closely related to, if not identical with, our own.

    Tales of Fishes | Zane Grey
  • It is a common saying that Gula plures occidit quam gladius.

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

    The Sailor's Word-Book | William Henry Smyth
  • Slowly he drew his short-bladed, heavy gladius from its sheath.

    Ulric the Jarl | William O. Stoddard
  • I'll take that sword there—no scabbard—and two daggers, besides my gladius.

    Triplanetary | Edward Elmer Smith