car·​a·​bi·​ner ˌker-ə-ˈbē-nər How to pronounce carabiner (audio)
variants or less commonly karabiner
: a usually D-shaped or oblong metal ring with one spring-hinged side that is used especially in mountain climbing as a connector and to hold a freely running rope

Illustration of carabiner

Illustration of carabiner

Examples of carabiner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paracord and carabiners are great for hanging nearly anything up and out of the way for easy access. Craig Caudill, Field & Stream, 1 May 2024 Lastly, a handy carabiner is included to keep everything together. Jack Byram, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Apr. 2024 Aaron hopes that her carabiners will help revive old jewelry. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 29 Jan. 2024 This bag features the Rains signature carabiner closure and magnet snap fastening. L.a. Hubilla, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 Beyond its obviously striking design, the carabiner is made even more hip by the way Cartier suggests wearing it: attached to your belt loop. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 14 Mar. 2024 Now Cartier is making a high jewelry moment out of a carabiner. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 14 Mar. 2024 When not in use, the shell stows into its own right-hand pocket and includes a carabiner clip loop for attaching it to your backpack. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 27 Feb. 2024 This speaker is waterproof, has up to 10 hours of playtime, and comes with a convenient carabiner clip. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024

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Word History


German Karabiner, short for Karabinerhaken, literally, carabineer's hook

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carabiner was in 1920

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“Carabiner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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