from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Malayan dagger with a wavy double-edged blade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An Indonesian or Malay dagger with a wavy, or rigid serpentine blade.
  • n. A Moro sword with an asymmetrical blade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Malay dagger. See creese.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Another spelling of creese.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Malayan dagger with a wavy blade


Malay kris.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay keris. Recognized as part of English ca. 1580. (Wiktionary)


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  • No ss in Malay, Indonesian or Javanese. Spelling keris is also acceptable.

    September 16, 2008

  • I've heard of kris blades before, but never heard kris used on its own like this. Also thought it was spelled kriss.

    " with a speckled orange-tawny turban and a kris tucked into his sarong..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 185

    March 4, 2008