from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short, broad sword with a convex cutting edge and a sharp point, used in medieval times.
- n. Archaic A sword.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A broad-bladed sword, slightly curved, shorter and lighter than the ordinary sword; -- used in the Middle Ages.
- n. A name given generally and poetically to a sword, especially to the swords of Oriental and fabled warriors.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short, broad sword having a convex edge curving sharply to the point; loosely, as in poetry, any sword.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short broad slightly convex medieval sword with a sharp point
Middle English fauchoun, from Old French fauchon, from Vulgar Latin *falciō, falciōn-, from Latin falx, falc-, sickle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English fauchoun, from Old French fauchon (cognate with Italian falcione), from Vulgar Latin *falciōnem, from Latin falx (stem: falc-, “sickle”). (Wiktionary)