noun, verb (used with object), sa·bred, sa·bring. Chiefly British.
- sabre-toothed tiger,
- 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)
Origin of saber
Examples from the Web for sabre
The grasp on the sabre would tighten; the quiet eyes would flash.
In time we will know if this was nothing more than sabre rattling or an all out war for control of the GOP.
But these resentments, They are the rocket fuel That lives In the tip of my sabre.
And then the printers, manufactured by new Dunder Mifflin parent company Sabre, began to catch on fire.
The perfect understanding between me and my horses tells me the mare has seen enough of you, Sabre.If Winter Comes|A.S.M. Hutchinson
It was a marshy, dense, and tangled coppice projecting like a sabre tooth between the brigades of Lane and Archer.The Long Roll|Mary Johnston
Jaffar drew his sabre and fell upon the miscreants: one he killed, the other he drove away.Dream Tales and Prose Poems|Ivan Turgenev
Mr. Hartley passed these lightly by; but taking down a sabre and pistols, he examined them with marked attention.
Sabre in hand, therefore, he placed himself in front of the pedestrian.The Tiger Hunter|Mayne Reid
Word Origin for sabre
type of single-edged sword, 1670s, from French sabre "heavy, curved sword" (17c.), alteration of sable (1630s), from German Sabel, Säbel, probably ultimately from Hungarian szablya "saber," literally "tool to cut with," from szabni "to cut."
The Balto-Slavic words (cf. Russian sablya, Polish szabla "sword, saber," Lithuanian shoble) perhaps also are from German. Italian sciabla seems to be directly from Hungarian. Saber-rattling "militarism" is attested from 1922. Saber-toothed cat (originally tiger) is attested from 1849.