cutlass
noun Etymology: Middle French coutelas, augmentative of coutel knife, from Latin cultellus, diminutive of culter knife, plowshare Date: 1584 1. a short curving sword formerly used by sailors on warships 2. machete

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  • Cutlass — Cutlass, die englische Bezeichnung für ein Entermesser, bezeichnet Cutlass (Kurzfilm), einen Kurzfilm aus dem Jahre 2007 Oldsmobile Cutlass, ein Automobilmodell der Firma Oldsmobile USS Cutlass (SS 478), ein nach einem tropischen Fisch benanntes… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cutlass — Cut lass (k[u^]t las), n.; pl. {Cutlasses} ( [e^]z). [F. coutelas (cf. It. coltellaccio), augm. fr. L. cuttellus a small knife, dim. of culter knife. See {Colter}, and cf. {Curtal ax}.] A short, heavy, curving sword, used in the navy. See {Curtal …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cutlass — 1590s, from M.Fr. coutelas (16c.), probably from It. coltellaccio large knife (with augmentative suffix accio), from coltello knife, from L. cultellus small knife, dim. of culter knife, plowshare, from PIE *kel tro , from root * (s)kel to cut …   Etymology dictionary

  • cutlass — ► NOUN ▪ a short sword with a slightly curved blade, formerly used by sailors. ORIGIN Latin cultellus little knife …   English terms dictionary

  • cutlass — [kut′ləs] n. [Fr coutelas, via ? Prov or It coltellaccio < L cultellus, dim. of culter: see COLTER] a short, thick, curving sword with a single cutting edge, formerly used esp. by sailors …   English World dictionary

  • Cutlass — This article is about the sword. For other uses, see Cutlass (disambiguation). A 19th century French naval cutlass A cutlass is a short, broad sabre or slashing sword, with a straight or slightly curved blade sharpened on the cutting edge, and a… …   Wikipedia

  • Cutlass — Vought F7U Cutlass Vought F7U 3M Cutlass …   Wikipédia en Français

  • cutlass — UK [ˈkʌtləs] / US noun [countable] Word forms cutlass : singular cutlass plural cutlasses a short sword with a curved blade used in the past by pirates …   English dictionary

  • cutlass — [16] Appropriate as the name sounds, cutlass has no etymological connection with cut. It comes from Old French cutelas, a derivative (denoting large size) of coutel ‘knife’. This in turn goes back to Latin cultellus, a diminutive of culter ‘knife …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • cutlass — [[t]kʌ̱tləs[/t]] cutlasses N COUNT A cutlass is a short sword that used to be used by sailors …   English dictionary

  • cutlass — [16] Appropriate as the name sounds, cutlass has no etymological connection with cut. It comes from Old French cutelas, a derivative (denoting large size) of coutel ‘knife’. This in turn goes back to Latin cultellus, a diminutive of culter ‘knife …   Word origins

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