or kar·a·bi·ner



a D-shaped ring with a spring catch on one side, used for fastening ropes in mountaineering.

Origin of carabiner

1915–20; < Austrian German Karabiner, shortening of German Karabinerhaken carbine hook, equivalent to Karabiner (< French carabine carbine + German -er -er1) + Haken hook1; it was originally used to fasten carbines to bandoleers Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for karabiner



mountaineering a metal clip with a spring for attaching to a piton, belay, etcAlso called: snaplink, krab

Word Origin for karabiner

shortened from German Karabinerhaken, literally: carbine hook, that is, one used to attach carbines to a belt



a variant spelling of karabiner
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Word Origin and History for karabiner

coupling device, 1932, shortened from German karabiner-haken "spring hook."

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