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saber

or (especially British) sabre

[sey-ber] /ˈseɪ bər/
noun
1.
a heavy, one-edged sword, usually slightly curved, used especially by cavalry.
2.
a soldier armed with such a sword.
3.
Fencing.
  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)
4.
to strike, wound, or kill with a saber.
Origin of saber
1670-1680
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
Related forms
saberlike, adjective
unsabered, adjective
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  • In making arm signals the saber, rifle, or headdress may be held in the hand.

  • I am wounded with a saber, in the head; and am sheltered in a loft.

  • With his back against it, a pistol in one hand and a saber in the other, stood Captain von Mitter, his face cold and resolute.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • He smartly swung his saber to his shoulder, ordering, "Come on!"

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • Meanwhile Beauvais walked slowly toward his quarters, with his saber caught up under his arm.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for saber

saber

/ˈseɪbə/
noun, verb
1.
the US spelling of sabre
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Word Origin and History for saber
n.

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.

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