from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade.
  • transitive v. To stab with such a dagger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade.
  • v. To stab with a poniard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of dagger, -- usually a slender one with a triangular or square blade.
  • transitive v. To pierce with a poniard; to stab.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stab with or as with a poniard.
  • n. A stabbing-weapon; a dagger: applied to any such weapon, without reference to shape or make.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dagger with a slender blade
  • v. stab with a poniard


French poignard, from poing, fist, from Old French, from Latin pugnus; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French poignard, from poing ("fist"), from Old French, from Latin pūgnus ("fist"), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *peuk-. (Wiktionary)


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  • Abidan, unarmed, seized a poniard from the soldier’s belt, stabbed him to the heart, and vaulting on the steed, galloped towards the river.

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  • With a closed backhand, poniard held tight, the barbarian warrior slapped the pipe, filled with deadly powdered black lotus into his opponent's mouth.

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  • And now, third, tell me how his open enemy can have approached him so close, and de Soulis with sword and poniard ready to hand.

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  • An elevated platform on which the execution of a criminal occurs. poniard


  • "By the holy poniard, that stabbed Caesar," he swears, if the Convention hesitates over


  • Like him, I have a poniard to rid my country of the tyrant, if the Convention do not deliver him to the sword of justice.


  • Like him, I have a poniard to rid my country of the tyrant, if the



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  • "Too many things were happening at once. Quentin's stomach clenched when he realized an elf had singled Alice out and was advancing across the dry basin toward her, twirling a long straight knife—were they called poniards?—in each hand."
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  • She snatched her poniard,
    And, ere we could prevent the fatal blow,
    Plunged it within her breast; then turned to me:
    Go, bear my lord, said she, my last farewell;
    And ask him, if he yet suspect my faith.

    - John Dryden, 'All for Love'.

    September 20, 2009