[ 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.

  1. Military.

    • a wooden or metal disk formerly attached to a projectile in a muzzleloading cannon.

    • a soft metal ring at the base of a projectile that makes the projectile conform to the rifling grooves of a gun.

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 botboot1

Other words from sabot

  • sa·boted [sa-bohd, sab-ohd], /sæˈboʊd, ˈsæb oʊd/, adjective

Words Nearby sabot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sabot in a sentence

  • The boy drew pictures in the loose sand with the toe of his sabot and brushed them away one after the other.

    Seeing Things at Night | Heywood Broun
  • "I came here before my children woke, because it pierces my heart to listen to their crying," the sabot-maker said dejectedly.

    The False Chevalier | William Douw Lighthall
  • One was a perfect staple, another the letter "L," another like an axe-head, and one like a peasant's sabot.

    The Magnetic North | Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • A sabot filled with salt, a frying-pan, and a large kettle hung inside the chimney.

    The Country Doctor | Honore de Balzac
  • "There's many a pretty foot in a sabot," retorted Peter, with an air of philosophy.

British Dictionary definitions for sabot


/ (ˈsæbəʊ, French sabo) /

  1. a shoe made from a single block of wood

  2. a shoe with a wooden sole and a leather or cloth upper

  1. 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

  2. Australian a small sailing boat with a shortened bow

Origin of 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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