- a sword or broadsword.
Origin of glaive
Examples from the Web for glaive
Then Perceval went with the witches to their Castle of Glaive.King Arthur's Knights
One after one to the glaive,—another and another and another!Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
It wasn't every one who could rhyme "brave" and "glaive," and make sense out of it.The Octopus
Red was his weed and his glaive was white, And there stood Gregory the Wright.
They stood by the door with glaive and spear; ‘Hildebrand rise and hasten here!’
- an archaic word for sword
Word Origin and History for glaive
late 13c., used in Middle English of various weapons, from Old French glaive "lance, spear, sword," also figuratively used for "violent death" (12c.), from Latin gladius "sword" (see gladiator); influenced by clava "knotty branch, cudgel, club," related to clavus "nail."