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sabre

[sey-ber] /ˈseɪ bər/
noun, verb (used with object), sabred, sabring. Chiefly British
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sabre

/ˈseɪbə/
noun
1.
a stout single-edged cavalry sword, having a curved blade
2.
a sword used in fencing, having a narrow V-shaped blade, a semicircular guard, and a slightly curved hand
3.
a cavalry soldier
verb
4.
(transitive) to injure or kill with a sabre
Word Origin
C17: via French from German (dialect) Sabel, from Middle High German sebel, perhaps from Magyar száblya; compare Russian sablya sabre
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n.

see saber.

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Encyclopedia Article for sabre

saber

heavy military sword with a long cutting edge and, often, a curved blade. Most commonly a cavalry weapon, the sabre was derived from a Hungarian cavalry sword introduced from the Orient in the 18th century; also a light fencing weapon developed in Italy in the 19th century for duelling. The military sabre had been relegated to a ceremonial role by the 20th century, while the fencing sabre had become one of the sport's standard weapons

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