or kriss




or crease, kris



a short sword or heavy dagger with a wavy blade, used by the Malays.

Origin of creese

1570–80; < Malay kəris (spelling keris) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kris

Contemporary Examples of kris

Historical Examples of kris

  • Hassim, with an alert movement, grasped the handle of his kris.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • Some of them had matchlocks, but the greater part of them only spear and kris.

  • Harry and Abdool had both armed themselves with a kris and spear.

  • This is for—for your mother; only an envelope from Kris to her.

    Mr. Kris Kringle

    S. Weir Mitchell

  • I am only armed with a kris, and have no spear as thou hast,' he said.

British Dictionary definitions for kris



a Malayan and Indonesian stabbing or slashing knife with a scalloped edgeAlso called: crease, creese

Word Origin for kris

C16: from Malay kris



a rare spelling of kris
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Word Origin and History for kris

short Malay dagger with a wavy blade, 1570s, said to be a Javanese word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper