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sabre

[sey-ber] /ˈseɪ bər/
noun, verb (used with object), sabred, sabring. Chiefly British.
1.

saber

[sey-ber] /ˈseɪ bər/
noun
1.
a heavy, one-edged sword, usually slightly curved, used especially by cavalry.
2.
a soldier armed with such a sword.
3.
Fencing.
  1. a sword having two cutting edges and a blunt point.
  2. the art or sport of fencing with the saber, with the target being limited to the head, trunk, and arms, and hits being made with the front edge and the upper part of the back edge of the sword and by thrusts.
verb (used with object)
4.
to strike, wound, or kill with a saber.
Also, especially British, sabre.
Origin of saber
1670-1680
1670-80; < French sabre, sable < German Sabel (now Säbel), earlier sewel, schebel < Polish szabla; compare Czech šavle, Serbo-Croatian sȁblja, Russian sáblya sword, saber, perhaps all ultimately < Hungarian szablya, though derivation and transmission uncertain
Related forms
saberlike, adjective
unsabered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sabre
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The Federal's pistol slid into its holster and his sabre flashed out.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • My sabre and gun I placed in a corner, my pistols I laid on the table.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • He waves his sabre, shouts, and hurls himself forward with his eyes shut.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • He rose to his full height, standing before her with both hands on his sabre.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • A man on horseback, with a sabre at his side, was in the midst of them.

  • He parried the blow on his sabre, and with the flat of it knocked his assailant senseless.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for sabre

sabre

/ˈseɪbə/
noun
1.
a stout single-edged cavalry sword, having a curved blade
2.
a sword used in fencing, having a narrow V-shaped blade, a semicircular guard, and a slightly curved hand
3.
a cavalry soldier
verb
4.
(transitive) to injure or kill with a sabre
Word Origin
C17: via French from German (dialect) Sabel, from Middle High German sebel, perhaps from Magyar száblya; compare Russian sablya sabre

saber

/ˈseɪbə/
noun, verb
1.
the US spelling of sabre
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Word Origin and History for sabre
n.

see saber.

saber

n.

type of single-edged sword, 1670s, from French sabre "heavy, curved sword" (17c.), alteration of sable (1630s), from German Sabel, Säbel, probably ultimately from Hungarian szablya "saber," literally "tool to cut with," from szabni "to cut."

The Balto-Slavic words (cf. Russian sablya, Polish szabla "sword, saber," Lithuanian shoble) perhaps also are from German. Italian sciabla seems to be directly from Hungarian. Saber-rattling "militarism" is attested from 1922. Saber-toothed cat (originally tiger) is attested from 1849.

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