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simitar

[sim-i-ter]
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noun
  1. scimitar.

scimitar

or scim·i·ter, sim·i·tar

[sim-i-ter]
noun
  1. a curved, single-edged sword of Asian, especially Eastern origin.

Origin of scimitar

1540–50; < Italian scimitarra, ultimately < Persian
Related formsscim·i·tared, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Lionel was too bored to speculate whether it might be Mizzi, Winifred or some unknown Oriental with turban and simitar.

    The Gay Adventure

    Richard Bird


British Dictionary definitions for simitar

simitar

noun
  1. a rare spelling of scimitar

scimitar

rarely simitar

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin and History for simitar

scimitar

n.

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.

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