[ gleyv ]
/ gleɪv /

noun Archaic.

a sword or broadsword.

Origin of glaive

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French glaive, glai < Latin gladius sword
Related formsglaived, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glaive


/ (ɡleɪv) /


an archaic word for sword
Derived Formsglaived, adjective

Word Origin for glaive

C13: from Old French: javelin, from Latin gladius sword
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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."

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