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  1. an Old World falcon, Falco cherrug, used in falconry.
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Origin of saker1

1350–1400; Middle English sagre, sacre < Middle French sacreArabic ṣaqr
Also called saker falcon.


  1. a light field gun that is smaller than a demiculverin and fires a shot weighing 6 pounds (4.5 kg) or less.
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Origin of saker2

First recorded in 1515–25; special use of saker1
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Examples from the Web for saker

Historical Examples

  • Now let us see if we can train this saker to command the offing.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin

  • Before he had finished, there was a flash and a roar from Turnpenny's saker just below.

  • The falcon used was the Cherug, or Saker as she is known in Europe, and the method of training is interesting.

    The Story of the Guides

    G. J. Younghusband

  • The captain-general gave orders to fire off a saker , which had not been, hitherto used during the battle.

  • By two other discharges of the saker this castle was all torn in pieces, and was forced to retire out of the battle.

British Dictionary definitions for saker


  1. a large falcon, Falco cherrug, of E Europe and central Asia: used in falconry
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Word Origin

C14 sagre, from Old French sacre, from Arabic saqr
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