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A sword, especially a short, broad sword with a convex cutting edge and a sharp point, used in medieval times.

[Middle English fauchoun, from Old French fauchon, from Vulgar Latin *falciō, falciōn-, from Latin falx, falc-, sickle.]


(ˈfɔːltʃən; ˈfɔːlʃən)
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a short and slightly curved medieval sword broader towards the point
2. an archaic word for sword
[C14: from Italian falcione, from falce, from Latin falx sickle]


(ˈfɔl tʃən, -ʃən)

a broad, short sword having a convex edge curving to the point.
[1275–1325; Middle English fauchoun < Old French fauchon < Vulgar Latin *falciōnem, acc. of *falciō, derivative of Latin falx, s. falc- sickle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.falchion - a short broad slightly convex medieval sword with a sharp pointfalchion - a short broad slightly convex medieval sword with a sharp point
sword, steel, blade, brand - a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
References in classic literature ?
The Jester wore his usual fantastic habit, but late accidents had led him to adopt a good cutting falchion, instead of his wooden sword, with a targe to match it; of both which weapons he had, notwithstanding his profession, shown himself a skilful master during the storming of Torquilstone.
fifty falchions gleamed in air above the men-at-arms, and brighter, fiercer than them all, flamed Excalibur aloft, and cleaving downward struck the brutal Leonardo's weapon from his grasp!
As readers, we are not permitted visual access to Hassan's full form, but see only "(h]is turban [that] far behind him roll'd" (659), "[h]is flowing robe [that] by falchion torn" (661), and the "fragment[s] of his palampore" (666).
He traditionally entered the Diocese over which bridge over the Tees where he was presented with a falchion reputed to have been wielded by Sir John Conyers when slaying the Sockburn Worm?
The area includes a number of gold and base metal prospects including the Kroda Prospect (Au), the Tulsa Prospect (Au), the Reward Prospect (Cu- Ag-Au), the Sabre / Falchion Prospect (Au-Sb) and the Waldrons Hill Prospect (Au).
And The Falchion Passed Through His Neck: Anjali Bhargava, Chitra Ganesh, Divya Mehra, Samira Abbassy, Sangeeta Sandrasekhar, Hamra Abbas, and Shweta Bhattad, curated by Jasmine Wahi
Thou, thy race lie pale and low, Pierced by shafts of many a bow; And the falchion [broad sword] by thy side, To thy heart, thy hand shall guide: Crownless, breathless, headless fall, Son and sire, the house of Saul
The modern machete is similar to some forms of the medieval falchion sword
Briar's Mist had Saturday's Eider Chase second High Cotton in the same spot when winning a Newcastle handicap in which the reopposing Falchion and Almire du Lia were both well beaten.
272) leads him to a less than humble description of his youthful prowess, when he "with my good biting falchion / .
That surely affected his chances when lining up at Ayr the following day as Harlov finished a distant fourth to Falchion but much better can be expected here, particularly as he has had a nice break to recover from his exertions.