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[ sek-uh-ter, -tur ]
/ ˈsɛk ə tər, -ˌtɜr /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Chiefly British.

scissors or shears, especially pruning shears.

Nearby words

sec., sec. leg., secam, secant, secantly, secateurs, secaucus, secchi, secchi depth, secchi disk, secchi, pietro angelo

Origin of secateurs

1880–85; < French < Latin sec(āre) to cut (see secant) + French -ateurs (plural) < Latin -ātor -ator Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for secateurs


/ (ˈsɛkətəz, ˌsɛkəˈtɜːz) /

pl n

mainly British a small pair of shears for pruning, having a pair of pivoted handles, sprung so that they are normally open, and usually a single cutting blade that closes against a flat surface

Word Origin for secateurs

C19: plural of French sécateur, from Latin secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for secateurs



pruning shears, 1881, from French sécateur, ultimately from Latin secare "to cut" (see section (n.)).

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