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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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
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References in classic literature ?
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!
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.
"See ye not their falchions gleaming?" What is a falchion?