a short, thick, curving sword with a single cutting edge, formerly used esp. by sailors
Origin of cutlassFrench coutelas, via uncertain or unknown; perhaps Provençal or Italian coltellaccio from Classical Latin cultellus, diminutive of culter: see colter
- A short heavy sword with a curved single-edged blade, once used as a weapon by sailors.
- Caribbean A machete.
Origin of cutlassFrench coutelas from Old French coutelasse probably augmentative of coutel knife from Latin cultellus diminutive of culter knife ; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle French coutelas, from Old French coutel (“knife”) + -as (augmentative suffix)