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poniard Line breaks: pon|iard
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒnjəd/

Definition of poniard in English:


A small, slim dagger.
Example sentences
  • Beneath it, however, stuck into his belt, were two pistols and a sizeable poniard.
  • Pointed malice colored his words, while one tan, knobby hand began fingering the hilt of a poniard that jutted up from his broad, black belt.
  • Venetians are financier families which function as a slime mold, as a unit, and which at night may go out and stab each other with poniards and kill each other for recreation - not out of hatred, but for recreation.


Mid 16th century: from French poignard, based on Latin pugnus 'fist'.

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