Meaning of baselard in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbasɪlɑːd/


  • A type of long dagger or short sword with a hilt shaped like a capital H on its side (becoming more like a capital I over time), usually worn at the girdle by civilians.

    The baselard was particularly popular in the 14th and 15th centuries in north and northwest Europe.


Late Middle English. Probably from post-classical Latin basalardus, baselardus, basilardus, bazalardus and its probable etymon Anglo-Norman baslard, baslarde, baselard, baselarde, basillard and Middle French basalart, of unknown origin; a derivation ultimately from the place name Basel in Switzerland is perhaps possible; it is uncertain whether there is any connection with post-classical Latin baselardus base coin.