Definition of curtana in US English:

curtana

noun

British
  • The unpointed sword carried in front of English sovereigns at their coronation to represent mercy.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Latin curtana (spatha) ‘shortened (sword)’, from Old French cortain, the name of the sword belonging to Roland (the point of which was damaged when it was thrust into a block of steel), from cort ‘short’, from Latin curtus ‘cut short’.

Pronunciation

curtana

/-ˈtānə/