• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spadassin A bravo; a bully; a duelist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spadassin spad′a-sin a swordsman, a bravo.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. It. spadaccino, a swordsman, from spada, a sword
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It. spadaccinospada, a sword.


In literature:

He looked in the direction of that voice, proceeding from the group of spadassins amid the Blacks across the Piste, and he smiled.
"Scaramouche" by Rafael Sabatini
He is like to have in his pay the defter spadassins of the two.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
The spadassins searched the top garrets.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon