Meaning of tsuba in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtsuːba/

nounplural noun tsuba, plural noun tsubas

  • A Japanese sword guard, typically elaborately decorated and made of iron or leather.

    ‘The left hand takes control of the sword by holding the tsuba and the right hand passes down the side, smoothing the sageo as it goes.’
    • ‘A tsuba is the hand guard mounted on a Japanese sword.’
    • ‘Thus the Japanese sword tsuba became an elaborate piece of art - far beyond its practical use.’
    • ‘The are three commonly used mounting styles: The tanto with a guard called a tsuba; the aikuchi style with no guard; and the hamadashi style with a small guard.’
    • ‘Like netsuke or tsuba, old firefighter jackets have turned into collectibles.’