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sword knot

a looped strap, ribbon, or the like attached to the hilt of a sword as a support or ornament.
Origin of sword knot
1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • What I then saw was surely an approving smile—one that seemed to say: “in return for your sword-knot.”

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • "She knows nothing of it," said the boy, adjusting his sword-knot.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • He got up, and stood with his back to the fire, but I could see by his sword-knot that he was a soldier.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • In default of one, I bethought me of a substitute—my sword-knot!

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • Mr. Johnstone moved restlessly to the window, and busied himself with his sword-knot.

  • Enough that I was gratified with the thought of having, not idly, bestowed my sword-knot.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • In it he placed his sword in its scabbard and with its belt and sword-knot attached.

    A Captain in the Ranks George Cary Eggleston
  • My uniform was white, the vest blue, a gold and silver shoulder-knot, and a sword-knot of the same material.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Then I knew that my sword was by my side and my hand numb and throbbing, for the sword-knot was tight about my wrist.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • After Saratoga, this friend had presented him with epaulettes and a sword-knot, and put them on with his own hand.

    The Story of American History Albert F. Blaisdell
British Dictionary definitions for sword-knot

sword knot

a loop on the hilt of a sword by which it was attached to the wrist, now purely decorative
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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