Definition of secateurs in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈsɛkətəːz//ˌsɛkəˈtəːz/

plural noun

  • A pair of pruning clippers for use with one hand.

    • ‘We tend to use the same few tools spade, fork, rake, trowel, secateurs and watering can throughout our gardening careers.’
    • ‘Use loppers or secateurs and cut back last year's growth to within just two buds from the main framework.’
    • ‘Now until the end of the July is the time to get out the secateurs and start pruning those roses.’
    • ‘Make sure all tools are in perfect working order, for instance it's much easier to prune with sharp secateurs.’
    • ‘He removed his rucksack from his back, and took out his secateurs and his hedge clippers.’


Mid 19th century: plural of French sécateur cutter, formed irregularly from Latin secare to cut.