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

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

scissors or shears, especially pruning shears.

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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