Definition of katana in English:


Syllabification: ka·ta·na
Pronunciation: /kəˈtänə


  • A long, single-edged sword used by Japanese samurai.
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    • Daggers en suite with wakizashis and katanas were accorded the same care in their manufacture and decoration as their companion swords.
    • Hung on the walls were swords of every kind: kodachis, katanas, fencing swords, even the heavy and antique broadswords.
    • It was a pair of matching katanas, one edged swords sheathed in rusted hold sheathing with red ribbon tied around the hilt that dangled to the side.


early 17th century: Japanese.

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