[ yat-uh-gan, -guh n; Turkish yah-tah-gahn ]
/ ˈyæt əˌgæn, -gən; Turkish ˌyɑ tɑˈgɑn /


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

Nearby words

Also ataghan, yat·a·gan.

Origin of yataghan

First recorded in 1810–20, yataghan is from the Turkish word yatağan
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for yataghan

British Dictionary definitions for yataghan



/ (ˈjætəɡən) /


a Turkish sword with a curved single-edged blade

Word Origin for yataghan

C19: from Turkish yataǧan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012