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[sab-oh; French sa-boh]
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noun, plural sab·ots [sab-ohz; French sa-boh] /ˈsæb oʊz; French saˈboʊ/.
  1. a shoe made of a single block of wood hollowed out, worn especially by farmers and workers in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, etc.
  2. a shoe with a thick wooden sole and sides and a top of coarse leather.
  3. Military.
    1. a wooden or metal disk formerly attached to a projectile in a muzzleloading cannon.
    2. a soft metal ring at the base of a projectile that makes the projectile conform to the rifling grooves of a gun.
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Origin of sabot

1600–10; < French, Old French çabot, blend of savate old shoe (of uncertain origin; akin to Old Provençal sabata, Italian ciabatta, Spanish zapato) and bot boot1
Related formssa·boted [sa-bohd, sab-ohd] /sæˈboʊd, ˈsæb oʊd/, adjective
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Related Words for sabot

plate, platter, disc, shell, dish, circle, sabot, discus, quoit, flan, saucer, discoid

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Historical Examples of sabot

  • Toward that end, the sabot or "shoe" (fig. 41) took the place of the wad.

    Artillery Through the Ages

    Albert Manucy

  • The sabot was a wooden disk about the same diameter as the shot.

  • They wear wooden clogs, a sort of sabot, and make such a noise.

  • When Sabot entered the inn at Martinville it was a signal for laughter.

  • "I do not say—I do not say; perhaps we might come to an understanding," faltered Sabot.

British Dictionary definitions for sabot


  1. a shoe made from a single block of wood
  2. a shoe with a wooden sole and a leather or cloth upper
  3. a lightweight sleeve in which a subcalibre round is enclosed in order to make it fit the rifling of a firearm. After firing the sabot drops away
  4. Australian a small sailing boat with a shortened bow
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Word Origin for sabot

C17: from French, probably from Old French savate an old shoe, also influenced by bot boot 1; related to Italian ciabatta old shoe, Old Provençal sabata
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