[brawd-sawrd, -sohrd]
a sword having a straight, broad, flat blade.

before 1000; Middle English brood swerd, Old English brād sweord. See broad, sword Unabridged
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broadsword (ˈbrɔːdˌsɔːd)
Also called: backsword a broad-bladed sword used for cutting rather than stabbing

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Word Origin & History

O.E. brad swurd, from broad + sword.
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Example sentences for broadsword
Besides having a crystal on its hilt, it was thinner and lighter than a broadsword.
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