[sawrdz-muh n, sohrdz-]

noun, plural swords·men.

a person who uses or is skilled in the use of a sword.
a fencer.
a soldier.

Also swordman.

Origin of swordsman

First recorded in 1670–80; sword + 's1 + -man
Related formsswords·man·ship, noun
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Related Words for swordsman

gladiator, fencer

Examples from the Web for swordsman

Contemporary Examples of swordsman

Historical Examples of swordsman

  • He did the thing skilfully: with the combined skill of swordsman and surgeon.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • But how this gentleman could have killed so notable a swordsman is more than I can understand.

  • Flor, the serf—now Florel Derikuna, swordsman at large—was in a new land.


    Everett B. Cole

  • I am no swordsman, and pistols are too uncertain and Frenchy for me.

  • Not likely, indeed; since it had proved fatal to the swordsman himself.

    The Ocean Waifs

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for swordsman


noun plural -men

one who uses or is skilled in the use of a sword
Derived Formsswordsmanship, noun
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