Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


or scimiter, simitar

[sim-i-ter] /ˈsɪm ɪ tər/
a curved, single-edged sword of Asian, especially Eastern origin.
Origin of scimitar
1540-50; < Italian scimitarra, ultimately < Persian
Related forms
scimitared, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for scimitar
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for scimitar


an oriental sword with a curved blade broadening towards the point
Word Origin
C16: from Old Italian scimitarra, probably from Persian shimshīr, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for scimitar

1540s, cimiterie, from Middle French cimeterre (15c.) or Italian scimitarra, of uncertain origin. Turkish would be the expected source, but no such word has been found there. Perhaps from Persian shimshir (pronounced "shamsher," cf. Greek sampsera "a barbarian sword," from this source), but OED finds this "unsatisfactory as to form." Many early variations; the modern spelling is from influence of the Italian form of the word. Century Dictionary (1902) has simitar as preferred spelling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for scimitar

Word Value for scimitar

Scrabble Words With Friends