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katana Line breaks: ka¦tana
Pronunciation: /kəˈtɑːnə/

Definition of katana in English:


A long, single-edged sword used by Japanese samurai.
Example sentences
  • 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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