Definition of kris in English:


Syllabification: kris
Pronunciation: /krēs
(also • archaic creese)


  • A Malay or Indonesian dagger with a wavy blade.
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    • If a powerful spirit has possessed them, and if the blessing is successful, the kris will not penetrate and they will not bleed.
    • There is often a mass killing that ends the performance as each person takes out a kris, the short zig-zag bladed knife, and stabs his own body.
    • As Schama notes, the dagger used to puncture the hero's eye in the Blinding of Samson, one of Rembrandt's most dramatic history paintings, is a Javanese kris.


late 16th century: based on Malay keris.

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