Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun In Arthurian legend, the sword belonging to King Arthur.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The name of King Arthur's mythical sword.

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  • proper noun A legendary sword of King Arthur, attributed with magical properties.

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

  • noun the legendary sword of King Arthur

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, alteration (perhaps influenced by Latin chalybs, steel) of Medieval Latin Caliburnus, from Middle Welsh Caletuwlch or Middle Irish Caladbolg, a legendary sword.]

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Middle English Excalaber, from Old French Escalibor, Escaliborc, prothetic form of Calliborc, alteration of Calibourne, from Medieval Latin Caliburnus (Geoffrey of Monmouth, ca. 1136), influenced by calibs ‘steel’ (for chalybs), alteration of Old Welsh *Caledbulch (cf. modern Caledfwlch), compound of caled ‘hard’ and bwlch ‘cleft, crack’. Related to the Irish legendary sword Caladbolg, literally ‘hard-belly’, i.e. ‘voracious’.

Examples

  • The right-wing group's merchandise website, Excalibur, is selling items emblazoned with images of St George, William Wallace and Owain Glyndwr together with slogans such as "British by birth, Welsh by the grace of God".

    BNP enlists Wallace and Glyndwr

  • The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur.

    Of Course I Am, You Silly Kniggit!

  • One of the burly ones catches up to me, and swinging this Excalibur is not as easy as I thought.

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  • Star Trek: Excalibur is planned as a non profit series inspired by Star Trek.

    Star Trek: Excalibur Fan FilmTrailer Available | Solar Flare: Science Fiction News

  • I believe it is called the Excalibur, which, I am told, is named for an Earth weapon.

    Fire on High

  • I believe it is called the Excalibur, which, I am told, is named for an Earth weapon.

    Fire on High

  • I believe it is called the Excalibur, which, I am told, is named for an Earth weapon.

    Fire on High

  • When the puppy was big enough he was presented with a collar, engraved with the name Excalibur, together with my name and address.

    Scally The Story of a Perfect Gentleman

  • WB, Singer to lift 'Excalibur' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety: "Warner Bros. has closed a deal to remake the 1981 John Boorman-directed 'Excalibur,' with Bryan Singer producing and developing the picture as a potential directing vehicle."

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  • WB, Singer to lift 'Excalibur' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety: "Warner Bros. has closed a deal to remake the 1981 John Boorman-directed 'Excalibur,' with Bryan Singer producing and developing the picture as a potential directing vehicle."

    I'm Sure They'll Re-Imagine This

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