sellsword

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

sell +‎ sword

Noun[edit]

sellsword (plural sellswords)

  1. (fantasy) A mercenary, especially a sword-using one.
    • 1996, George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones, Bantam Books (2011), ISBN 9780553386790, pages 367-368:
      The sellsword scrambled backward, checking each blow, stepping lithely over rock and root, his eyes never leaving his foe. He was quicker, Catelyn saw; the knight's silvered sword never came near to touching him, but his own ugly grey blade hacked a notch from Ser Vadis's shoulder plate.
    • 2005, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, "Chapter 1: The Battle Begins", developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo GameCube:
      Bandit: It's those fool villagers...They think they can buy a bunch of sellswords to chase us away.