[ gleyv ]
See synonyms for glaive on
  1. a sword or broadsword.

Origin of glaive

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Old French glaive, glai, from Latin gladius “sword”
  • Also glave .

Other words from glaive

  • glaived, adjective

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

How to use glaive in a sentence

  • In French writings the word glaive is sometimes loosely used for lance or sword.

    Armour & Weapons | Charles John Ffoulkes
  • Strike at the noble and the priest shrieks, strike at priest and the noble lays his hand upon glaive.

    The White Company | Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And when he had come there he perceived a great glaive upon a pole two ells long.

  • Il mit les trois lys dans ses armes et fit passer sur le royaume lclair de son glaive.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals | Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • Once he threw her on the ground, but the second time she threw him, and drew her glaive to pierce his breast.

    National Epics | Kate Milner Rabb

British Dictionary definitions for glaive


/ (ɡleɪv) /

  1. an archaic word for sword

Origin of glaive

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

Derived forms of glaive

  • glaived, adjective

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