Definition of curtana in English:

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Pronunciation: /kərˈtänə/ Pronunciation: /-ˈtānə/


The unpointed sword carried in front of English sovereigns at their coronation to represent mercy.


Middle English: from Anglo-Latin curtana (spatha) 'shortened (sword)', from Old French cortain, the name of the sword belonging to Roland (the point of which was damaged when it was thrust into a block of steel), from cort 'short', from Latin curtus 'cut short'.

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Syllabification: cur·ta·na

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