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c.1350–1400 Middle English sisoures < Old French cisoires < Vulgar Latin *cīsōria, plural of Late Latin cīsōrium (“‘cutting tool’”) (compare chisel); from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] word root -cīsus (compare excise) or cæsus, past participle of cædere (“‘to cut’”).
- Current spelling, from the 16th century, is by association with Mediaeval Latin scissor (“tailor”), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] carrying the meaning “carver, cutter”, from scindere (“‘to split’”).
- (RP) IPA: /ˈsɪzəz/, SAMPA: /"sIz@z/
- (US) enPR: sĭzʹərz, IPA: /ˈsɪzɚz/, SAMPA: /"sIz@`z/
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- Rhymes: -ɪzə(r)z
- (plural only; not used in singular form) A type of tool used for cutting thin material, consisting of two crossing blades attached at a pivot point in such a way that the blades slide across each other when the handles are closed; the tool is operated by one hand by putting the thumb and a finger or fingers through holes at the ends of the blades that are opposite to the cutting edges.
- (rare) A single pair of scissors.
- (tool used for cutting): pair of scissors
- Third-person singular simple present indicative form of scissor.
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