poignard

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

poignard (plural poignards)

  1. Alternative form of poniard
    • 1978, Michael Moorcock, Gloriana; or, The Unfulfill'd Queen, p. 1:
      Within, the palace is rarely still; there is a coming and going of great aristocrats in their brocades, silks and velvets, their chains of gold and silver, their filigree poignards, their ivory farthingales, cloaks and trains rippling behind them, sometimes carried by little boys and girls in such a weight of cloth it seems they can barely walk.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From an alteration of Old French poignal, poignel, from a Vulgar Latin *pūgnālis, pūgnāle(m), from Latin pugnus (fist) (whence French poing), in the manner of manuālis. Compare Spanish puñal, Portuguese punhal, Occitan punhal, Catalan punyal, Italian pugnale.

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Noun[edit]

poignard m (plural poignards)

  1. dagger

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