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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sword
  1. An offensive weapon, having a long and usually sharp-pointed blade with a cutting edge or edges. It is the general term, including the small sword, rapier, saber, scimiter, and many other varieties.
  2. Hence, the emblem of judicial vengeance or punishment, or of authority and power."He [the ruler] beareth not the sword in vain." [Rom. xiii. 4.]"She quits the balance, and resigns the sword." [Dryden.]
  3. Destruction by the sword, or in battle; war; dissension."I came not to send peace, but a sword." [Matt. x. 34.]
  4. The military power of a country."He hath no more authority over the sword than over the law." [Milton.]
  5. [Weaving] One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand loom is suspended.

Etymology: OE. swerd, AS. sweord; akin to OFries. swerd swird, D. zwaard, OS. swerd, OHG. swert, G. schwert, Icel. sverð, Sw. svärd, Dan. sværd; of uncertain origin

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  1. A cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard

From Middle English sword, swerd, from Old English sweord (“sword”), from Proto-Germanic *swerdą (“sword”), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂w- (“sharp”). Cognate with Scots swerd, sword (“sword”), North Frisian swird (“sword”), West Frisian swurd (“sword”), Dutch zwaard (“sword”), Low German Sweerd, Schwert (“sword”), German Schwert (“sword”), Danish sværd, Swedish svärd (“sword”), Icelandic sverð (“sword”), Old East Slavic свьрдьлъ (svĭrdĭlŭ, “drill”).

  1. (weaponry) A long-bladed weapon having a handle and sometimes a hilt and designed to stab, hew, or slice and cut.
  2. Someone paid to handle a sword.
  3. (tarot) A suit in the minor arcana in tarot.
  4. (tarot) A card of this suit.
  5. (weaving) One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand loom is suspended.
  6. (heraldry) The weapon, often used as a heraldic charge.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Sword

Sam Sword is an american football player for the Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts. His most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to 2002. Sam was born on December 9th, 1974 in Saginaw, Michigan.


Craig Sword is a basketball player for the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball in the Southeastern Conference. Craig was born on January 16th, 1994 in Montgomery, Alabama.


Colin Buchanan Sword was an MLA for Westminster-Dewdney and MLAforWestminster-Dewdney. Colin was born in Scotland. He breathed his last breath on May 6th, 1928.


Tommy Sword is a soccer player for the Bishop Auckland F.C., Stockport County F.C., Hartlepool United F.C., and F.C. Halifax Town. Tommy was born on November 12th, 1957 in Newcastle upon Tyne.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sword U.S.
  White 93.02% 64.26%
  African American 2.64% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.22% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.40% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.95% 16.26%

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People with the last name Sword are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Sword

  • How Popular is the name Sword? As a last name Sword was the 9,997th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Sword first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Sword is Sunday, December 28th, 1902.
  • How unique is the name Sword? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Sword. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Sword: Your name in reverse order is Drows. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wdsor. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sword? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,225 people with the last name Sword.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sword? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Sword as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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