Definition of secateurs in English:


Syllabification: sec·a·teurs
Pronunciation: /ˈsekəˌtərz


(also a pair of secateurs) chiefly British
  • A pair of pruning clippers for use with one hand.
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    • Make sure all tools are in perfect working order, for instance it's much easier to prune with sharp secateurs.
    • Now until the end of the July is the time to get out the secateurs and start pruning those roses.
    • He removed his rucksack from his back, and took out his secateurs and his hedge clippers.


mid 19th century: plural of French sécateur 'cutter', formed irregularly from Latin secare 'to cut'.

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