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saber

noun sa·ber \ ˈsā-bər \
variants: or sabre
Updated on: 24 Apr 2018

Definition of saber

1 : a cavalry sword with a curved blade, thick back, and guard
2 a : 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, 4foil
b : the sport of fencing with the saber

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Origin and Etymology of 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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saber

verb
variants: or sabre

Definition of saber

sabered or sabred; sabering or sabring play \ˈsā-b(ə-)riŋ\
: to strike, cut, or kill with a saber

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First Known Use of saber

1790

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SABER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of saber for English Language Learners

  • : a long, heavy sword with a curved blade

  • : a lightweight sword that is used in fencing


SABER Defined for Kids

saber

noun sa·ber
variants: or sabre \ˈsā-bər\

Definition of saber for Students

: a long sword with a curved blade


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