[yat-uh-gan, -guh n; Turkish yah-tah-gahn]


a Turkish saber having a doubly curved blade, concave toward the hilt, and a hilt with a prominent pommel and no guard.

Also ataghan, yat·a·gan.

Origin of yataghan

First recorded in 1810–20, yataghan is from the Turkish word yatağan
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Examples from the Web for yataghan

Historical Examples of yataghan

  • A lucky thing to save the head of one of the War Office from a Bedouin's yataghan.

    Edmond Dants

    Edmund Flagg

  • The arms of the Bedouins are the curved sword, the yataghan, and the long musket.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • The next morning the yataghan of Ali was found beneath the window!

    The Sicilian Bandit

    Alexandre Dumas, pere

  • Our host cut it up with his yataghan, then proceeded to tear the flesh with his fingers.


    E. F. Knight

  • I have a yataghan for you, Colonel, and a khandjar for Auguste.

British Dictionary definitions for yataghan




a Turkish sword with a curved single-edged blade

Word Origin for yataghan

C19: from Turkish yataǧan
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