Main definitions of tanto in English

: tanto1tanto2

tanto1

noun

  • A Japanese short sword or dagger.

    • ‘To understand the gravity of this, simply look at virtually any custom knifemaker's or manufacturer's tactical line and you'll be hard-pressed to find one that doesn't offer a tanto.’
    • ‘If I wanted to do anything to you I would have taken the tanto inside your jacket and done it by now.’
    • ‘The Extreme Ops series offers three blade shapes, tanto, drop point and clip point – set into an ergonomic handle of G-10 fiberglass laminate.’
    • ‘He had his fists clenched tightly around his tanto.’
    • ‘Sleek in design, these knives feature synthetic handles with molded-in checkering and a choice of two blade styles, a modified spearpoint and a tanto, both made of 154 CM stainless steel.’
    • ‘Things got a little out of hand when she flipped my principal over his desk, pressed a ceremonial tanto to his throat, and told him she'd send him to his ancestors if he didn't write me a letter of recommendation.’
    • ‘Historically, it should be noted that original Japanese tantos were V-ground.’
    • ‘He glanced over at him and smirked as he toyed with the tanto, the smallest of the set of Japanese blades.’
    • ‘He was already dropping the tanto and reaching for the katana hilt protruding from the scabbard on his back.’
    • ‘Ten years later, he was killed by a small-time gangster, with a tanto, in a bar.’
    • ‘Weapons such as the jutte, tessen (iron fan), sode garami (sleeve entangler), tanto and jo were more emphasized.’
    • ‘I like my tanto and scimitar much more than these military weapons.’
    • ‘The catalog reads like a who's who of blade styles, running the gamut from conventional drop and clip point designs to the more exotic tanto and bolo.’
    • ‘The tanto served the Samurai well throughout centuries of close-quarters battle.’
    • ‘The blade is a melding of the imposing Hawkbill design with the wicked Japanese tanto.’
    • ‘I lunged again, bringing my sword to his chest, but at the last minute, taking out my tanto I always kept hidden on my person, and slashed at the cloth concealing the ninja's face.’
    • ‘Traditional tantos were double-ground and he offers his knives with this grind as well as the asymmetrical chisel grind so popular on tactical knives today.’
    • ‘We are both wounded, you from the shuriken, and I, from the tanto.’
    • ‘At first glance, the Chisel looks like a traditional tanto, complete with wrapped cord over stingray hide underpinnings, topped with an ornamental menuki.’
    • ‘I grabbed my tanto and slit through his hand and kicked him against a wall.’

Origin

Japanese.

Pronunciation:

tanto

/ˈtantəʊ/

Main definitions of tanto in English

: tanto1tanto2

tanto2

adverb

Music
  • [usually with negative] (as a direction) too much:

    [postpositive], [as submodifier] ‘allegro non tanto’
    • ‘Pianist Michael Linville, now the New World Symphony's Director of Admissions, played with stylish musicality in the Allegro, ma non tanto from Dvorák's Quartet in A for Piano and Strings Op 81.’
    • ‘This Allegro non tanto is the first movement of this two-movement sonatina.’
    • ‘Her taut, strongly projected approach to the Allegro, ma non tanto finale produced a cascade of virtuosic razzle dazzle that was always wedded to a sophisticated conception of the score's grand, arching line.’

Origin

Italian.

Pronunciation:

tanto

/ˈtantəʊ/