- a heavy, one-edged sword, usually slightly curved, used especially by cavalry.
- a soldier armed with such a sword.
- 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.
- to strike, wound, or kill with a saber.
Origin of saber
Related Words for sabrebayonet, dagger, blade, sword, skewer, machete, sickle, cutter, scalpel, saber, lance, steel, shank, point, edge, cutlass, sabre, switchblade, scythe, bolo
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Contemporary Examples of sabre
The grasp on the sabre would tighten; the quiet eyes would flash.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
In time we will know if this was nothing more than sabre rattling or an all out war for control of the GOP.The Gettysburg of the GOP Civil War
February 15, 2014
But these resentments, They are the rocket fuel That lives In the tip of my sabre.The Poetry of Charlie Sheen
March 1, 2011
And then the printers, manufactured by new Dunder Mifflin parent company Sabre, began to catch on fire.Axe The Office!
June 29, 2010
Historical Examples of sabre
The Federal's pistol slid into its holster and his sabre flashed out.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
My sabre and gun I placed in a corner, my pistols I laid on the table.
He waves his sabre, shouts, and hurls himself forward with his eyes shut.
He rose to his full height, standing before her with both hands on his sabre.Father Sergius
A man on horseback, with a sabre at his side, was in the midst of them.The Fortune of the Rougons
- a stout single-edged cavalry sword, having a curved blade
- a sword used in fencing, having a narrow V-shaped blade, a semicircular guard, and a slightly curved hand
- a cavalry soldier
- (tr) to injure or kill with a sabre
Word Origin for sabre
- the US spelling of sabre
Word Origin and History 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.