[ kee-yawn ]
/ kiˈyɔ̃ /

noun, plural quil·lons [kee-yawn] /kiˈyɔ̃/.

either of two transverse projecting members forming the cross guard of a sword.

Nearby words

  1. quiller-couch,
  2. quiller-couch, sir arthur thomas,
  3. quillet,
  4. quillfish,
  5. quilling,
  6. quillwork,
  7. quillwort,
  8. quilmes,
  9. quilt,
  10. quilted

Origin of quillon

< French, derivative of quille pin, club < Middle High German kegel club

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Examples from the Web for quillon

  • The earliest swords which have been found have no quillon or cross guard.

  • On the shores of a lake in Travancore, not far from the remote cantonment of Quillon, stands a monument to the memory of a dog.

    'Murphy'|Major Gambier-Parry

British Dictionary definitions for quillon


/ (French kijɔ̃) /


(often plural) either half of the extended crosspiece of a sword or dagger

Word Origin for quillon

C19: from French, diminutive of quille bowling pin, ultimately from Old High German kegil club, stake

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