arming sword

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arming sword (plural arming swords)

  1. (historical) A sword seen as a being a part of someone's set of arms or military accoutrements; a warrior's regimental or official sword.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vi:
      Lo, to that shore one in an auncient gowne, / Whose hoarie locks great grauitie did crowne, / Holding in hand a goodly arming sword, / By fortune came [...].