or scim·i·ter, sim·i·tar
- a curved, single-edged sword of Asian, especially Eastern origin.
Origin of scimitar
Examples from the Web for simitar
Lionel was too bored to speculate whether it might be Mizzi, Winifred or some unknown Oriental with turban and simitar.The Gay Adventure
- a rare spelling of scimitar
- an oriental sword with a curved blade broadening towards the point
Word Origin and History for simitar
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.