Definition of cutlass in English:


Syllabification: cut·lass
Pronunciation: /ˈkətləs


  • A short sword with a slightly curved blade, formerly used by sailors.
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    • Sailors' cutlasses, when carried on parade, always are hooked up to a belt.
    • The crew snarled like roused curs, and some made as if to stand, hands clasping the hilts of cutlasses and swords, daggers and stilettos.
    • Again, that's great stuff for kids - it's pirates, it's pistols, it's cutlasses, it's galleons and sloops and swords.


late 16th century: from French coutelas, based on Latin cultellus 'small knife' (see cutler).

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