Definition of parazonium in US English:

parazonium

noun

  • A small sword or dagger worn on the belt by the ancient Greeks and (later) the Romans.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Tobias Smollett (1721–1771), writer. From classical Latin parazōnium dagger worn on the belt (Martial) from Hellenistic Greek παραζώνιον from ancient Greek παρα- + ζώνη girdle, belt + -ιον, diminutive suffix. Compare also Hellenistic Greek παραζωνίδιον dagger worn on the belt.

Pronunciation

parazonium

/ˌparəˈzəʊnɪəm/