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[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.
Also, ataghan, yatagan.
Origin of yataghan
1810-20; < Turkish yatağan Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for yataghan
Historical Examples
  • Her shoulders were covered with a sort of burnous, and a yataghan hung to her waist.

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

    Edmond Dants Edmund Flagg
  • The blade of his yataghan was inlaid with an elaborate gold device from point to hilt.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • The arms of the Bedouins are the curved sword, the yataghan, and the long musket.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • When the Skipitars raise their shout, and charge with the yataghan, the Karatags tremble; they turn, they fly.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • The next morning the yataghan of Ali was found beneath the window!

    The Sicilian Bandit Alexandre Dumas, pere
  • The next instant the door opened, and Ali, yataghan in hand, rushed into the room.

    The Sicilian Bandit Alexandre Dumas, pere
  • Our host cut it up with his yataghan, then proceeded to tear the flesh with his fingers.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • He retired to rest as usual, placed his yataghan under his pillow, and waited till all was quiet in the palace.

    The Days of Chivalry Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
  • I have a yataghan for you, Colonel, and a khandjar for Auguste.

    Abb Aubain and Mosaics Prosper Mrime
British Dictionary definitions for yataghan


a Turkish sword with a curved single-edged blade
Word Origin
C19: from Turkish yataǧan
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