Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A French sword with a heavy, curved blade and S-shaped quillions; used during the 16th century.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In heraldry, a curved sword or cutlas used as a bearing.

Etymologies

From the French badelaire, baudelaire, a corruption of earlier (14th century) baselard. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I heard the ring of steel on stone, as if someone had struck one of the grave markers with a badelaire.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

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  • "I heard the ring of steel on stone, as if someone had struck one of the grave markers with a badelaire." -- Gene Wolfe - "The Book of the New Sun"

    September 23, 2008