dagger

Definitions

General English

Information & Library Science

Media Studies

  • noun a sign (†) that is used in printed texts to indicate a reference, especially to a footnote.
  • verb to mark text with a dagger sign

Military

  • noun a long knife with a thin blade, designed for stabbing

Origin & History of “dagger”

Dagger has an uncertain history. there was a verb dag in middle English, meaning ‘stab’, which suggests that dagger may simply be ‘something that stabs’, but similarity of form and sense indicates a connection too with Old French dague ‘dagger’. this appears to have come via Old Provençal or Old Italian daga from a hypothetical vulgar Latin *daca, which meant literally ‘Dacian knife’ (from Latin Dācus ‘Dacian’). Dacia was the ancient name for an area roughly corresponding to modern Romania.
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