Definition of secateurs in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsɛkəˈtəːz/
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛkətəːz/

plural noun

(also a pair of secateurs) British A pair of pruning clippers for use with one hand.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with secateurs

agents provocateurs, berceuse, chanteuse, charmeuse, chartreuse, chauffeuse, coiffeurs, danseuse, diseuse, furze, hers, messieurs, Meuse, vendeuse

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Line breaks: seca|teurs

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