from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short heavy sword with a curved single-edged blade, once used as a weapon by sailors.
- n. Caribbean A machete.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short sword with a curved blade, and a convex edge; once used by sailors when boarding an enemy ship.
- n. A similarly shaped tool; a machete.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A short, heavy, curving sword, used in the navy. See curtal ax.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See cutlas.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short heavy curved sword with one edge; formerly used by sailors
French coutelas, from Old French coutelasse, probably augmentative of coutel, knife, from Latin cultellus, diminutive of culter, knife; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French coutelas, from Old French coutel ("knife") + -as (augmentative suffix) (Wiktionary)