Definition of sword of state in English:

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sword of state

noun

The sword carried in front of a sovereign on state occasions.
Example sentences
  • The roof is ornamented with three cherubs, representing England, Scotland and Ireland, supporting the royal crown and holding the sceptre, sword of state and ensign of knighthood.
  • Two swords of justice and a sword of mercy date from the early 17th cent.: a fourth sword, the sword of state, was made in 1678.
  • Of the swords of state borne before the Queen, the chief, Curtana - the short, blunt sword of mercy - was carried by the Earl of Derby, who had carried it at Mary's coronation.

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