sa·​ber | \ ˈsā-bər How to pronounce saber (audio) \
variants: or chiefly British sabre

Definition of saber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a cavalry sword with a curved blade, thick back, and guard
2a : a light fencing or dueling sword having an arched guard that covers the back of the hand and a tapering flexible blade with a full cutting edge along one side and a partial cutting edge on the back at the tip — compare épée, foil entry 4
b : the sport of fencing with the saber


variants: or chiefly British sabre
sabered or sabred; sabering or sabring\ ˈsā-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce saber (audio) \

Definition of saber (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to strike, cut, or kill with a saber

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saber 1

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Examples of saber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But there were also megafauna that went extinct at the end of the ice age, like mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed cats and giant ground sloths. Denise Su, The Conversation, 27 June 2022 Its predators likely included hyenas, saber-toothed cats and a giant bear dog called Amphicyon ulungurensis, Wang said. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 2 June 2022 Condors commanded the skies as early as the Pleistocene, when mammoths, saber-toothed cats and other megafauna prowled California. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 In March, Poust was one of three international paleontologists who announced their discovery of a new saber-toothed catlike predator, Diegoaelurus, from the Eocene epoch. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 Amidst all the tension of meeting prep, the mile high golf game provided a momentary escape from geopolitical saber-rattling and diplomatic wrangling. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Most likely, these SEC spring meetings will only serve as a chance for Sankey to continue his saber-rattling rhetoric. Joseph Goodman |, al, 27 May 2022 Other possibilities: a formal declaration of war by Russia, accompanied by a mass troop mobilization, or nuclear saber-rattling even more worrisome than that of recent weeks. Laura Kingstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 He was declared unwelcome in France and Germany for his saber-rattling invective against those countries. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Or was that probably designed to saber rattle Russia a little bit? NBC News, 27 Feb. 2022 Sign some papers, get the keys to your new place, saber the champagne. Brittany Anas, House Beautiful, 12 Mar. 2021 The horse’s saddle and blanket, and the boots and saber the horse carried in honor of the president, remain part of the Kennedy Library’s permanent collection. al, 24 Nov. 2020 At the end of the night, learn to saber a bottle of champagne. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, 22 June 2019 Below, Pelka counsels us on everything from how to select the perfect Champagne to how to safely saber your bottle of bubbly. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, 13 July 2018 The most impressive way to kick off any Champagne-fueled party is to saber a bottle, popping the cork from the wine with the swipe of a knife. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, 13 July 2018 Champagne bottles are sabered open with swords and free Lexus shuttles stop for anyone who doesn’t feel like walking more than a block. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 19 June 2018 Here's a step-by-step guide on how to saber a bottle of champagne. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 21 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of saber


1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saber


French sabre, modification of German dialect Sabel, from Middle High German, probably of Slav origin; akin to Russian sablya saber

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variants: or sabre \ ˈsā-​bər \

Kids Definition of saber

: a long sword with a curved blade


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