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[sawrdz-muh n, sohrdz-] /ˈsɔrdz mən, ˈsoʊrdz-/
noun, plural swordsmen.
a person who uses or is skilled in the use of a sword.
a fencer.
a soldier.
Also, swordman.
Origin of swordsman
1670-80; sword + 's1 + -man
Related forms
swordsmanship, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I was the first swordsman, the most dashing rider, the hero of a hundred adventures.

    The Adventures of Gerard Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Flor, the serf—now Florel Derikuna, swordsman at large—was in a new land.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • Maybe the banderillero even dreamt that a part of the swordsman's fortune might fall into the hands of these god-children.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • He was far too good a swordsman not to know when he had encountered a better.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Did he look on to make sure that the swordsman had done his work?

  • But you are not a swordsman, nor have you ever shot a pistol—you told me so once.

  • And what kind of a shot and what kind of a swordsman do you make of Mr. Carstone?

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • He did the thing skilfully: with the combined skill of swordsman and surgeon.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Boldre, who was no swordsman, by good luck cut down a second, and the third fled as Ramzan Khan came up at a gallop.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
British Dictionary definitions for swordsman


noun (pl) -men
one who uses or is skilled in the use of a sword
Derived Forms
swordsmanship, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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