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[brawd-sawrd, -sohrd] /ˈbrɔdˌsɔrd, -ˌsoʊrd/
a sword having a straight, broad, flat blade.
Origin of broadsword
before 1000; Middle English brood swerd, Old English brād sweord. See broad, sword Unabridged
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  • Why, that shooter on your back, and that broadsword a-danglin' agin your shins.

    In The Saddle Oliver Optic
  • Elisha, first; broadsword, second; that thing of Engle's, third.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Whipping out his broadsword, he struck me a heavy blow on the ankle with the flat of the weapon.

    The Quest of the 'Golden Hope' Percy F. Westerman
  • A steel pistol and a broadsword were given him for use in case of attack.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • "Let him show that he can be as dexterous with the broadsword as with a carving-knife," said I, with a tremendous effort.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • Then, laughing heartily, he regained the other bank and his broadsword.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • Among these the Danish axe, brought in by Cnut, had nearly displaced the older English broadsword.

    William the Conqueror Edward Augustus Freeman
  • Luciano Romara came in, and Ammiani challenged him to small-sword and broadsword.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • I had learned the broadsword exercise at school, and was considered a first-rate hand at single-stick.

  • There are many exercises with the broadsword, called Practices.

British Dictionary definitions for broadsword


a broad-bladed sword used for cutting rather than stabbing Also called backsword
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for broadsword

Old English brad swurd, from broad (adj.) + sword.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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