[ sey-ber ]
See synonyms for: sabersaberedsabering on

  1. a heavy, one-edged sword, usually slightly curved, used especially by cavalry.

  2. a soldier armed with such a sword.

  1. Fencing.

    • a sword having two cutting edges and a blunt point.

    • 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)
  1. to strike, wound, or kill with a saber.

Origin of saber

First recorded in 1670–80; from French sabre, sable, from German Sabel (now Säbel ), earlier sewel, schebel, from Polish szabla; compare Czech šavle, Serbo-Croatian sȁblja, Russian sáblya “sword, saber,” perhaps all ultimately from Hungarian szablya, though derivation and transmission uncertain
  • Also especially British, sa·bre .

Other words from saber

  • sa·ber·like, adjective
  • un·sa·bered, adjective

Words Nearby saber Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use saber in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for saber


/ (ˈseɪbə) /

noun, verb
  1. the US spelling of sabre

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