[ sey-ber ]
/ ˈseɪ bər /

noun, verb (used with object), sa·bred, sa·bring. Chiefly British.


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Definition for sabre (2 of 2)

[ sey-ber ]
/ ˈseɪ bər /


a heavy, one-edged sword, usually slightly curved, used especially by cavalry.
a soldier armed with such a sword.
  1. a sword having two cutting edges and a blunt point.
  2. 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)

to strike, wound, or kill with a saber.
Also especially British, sa·bre.

Origin of saber

1670–80; < French sabre, sable < German Sabel (now Säbel), earlier sewel, schebel < Polish szabla; compare Czech šavle, Serbo-Croatian sȁblja, Russian sáblya sword, saber, perhaps all ultimately < Hungarian szablya, though derivation and transmission uncertain


sa·ber·like, adjectiveun·sa·bered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sabre (1 of 2)


US saber

/ (ˈseɪbə) /


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

C17: via French from German (dialect) Sabel, from Middle High German sebel, perhaps from Magyar száblya; compare Russian sablya sabre

British Dictionary definitions for sabre (2 of 2)

/ (ˈseɪbə) /

noun, verb

the US spelling of sabre
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