saber

noun
sa·​ber | \ˈsā-bər \
variants: or 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

saber

verb
variants: or sabre
sabered or sabred; sabering or sabring\ˈsā-​b(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of saber (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to strike, cut, or kill with a saber

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Noun

saber 1

In the meaning defined above

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2018 there’s a lot of saber-rattling between China and the US. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Netflix will get ads, predicts the Trade Desk CEO Jeff Green," 15 Nov. 2018 The meeting takes place against the backdrop of much saber-rattling. Zeina Karam, Fox News, "Iran summit seeks to avert a bloodbath in northwestern Syria," 6 Sep. 2018 Olivier Dorval places his saber sword insides its sheath during a ceremony marking the 214th anniversary of the battle that led to Haiti's independence from France, in Cap Haitien, Haiti, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haiti has a new army with much of the old leadership. Some in the U.S. aren’t happy | Miami Herald," 26 Mar. 2018 The couple walked into the reception hall beneath an arch of Army sabers. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Ashleen McDonough and Patrick Loughnane," 15 Mar. 2018 Brandish your light sabers and leave a trail of pastel rose petals, astro babes. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 16-22," 13 July 2018 From his perch atop the shoulders of his mother’s boyfriend, Kai Oliver raised his red, white and blue light saber in a patriotic en garde, prepared to joust with the Washington Monument. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "Fourth of July celebrations more meaningful, worrisome for some Americans," 4 July 2018 Her belt pierces like a saber, mustering a force that could part seas. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Shesus’ lives — and rocks — in Ray of Light’s ‘Superstar’," 19 May 2018 Among epee, foil and saber, which is the most difficult to master? Marvin Pave, BostonGlobe.com, "Brandeis fencing coach Bill Shipman looks back on his career," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "A Champagne Lover’s Guide to Hosting a Last-Minute Bastille Day Soirée," 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, "A Champagne Lover’s Guide to Hosting a Last-Minute Bastille Day Soirée," 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, "Diamonds, caviar and the Instagram-famous: Inside America's most exclusive food festival," 19 June 2018 Here's a step-by-step guide on how to saber a bottle of champagne. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Saber a Bottle of Champagne," 21 Dec. 2017 Michael Minnillo, the general manager of the French Laundry, the chef Thomas Keller’s elegant restaurant in Yountville, Calif., had just sabered open a bottle of Dom Pérignon, leaving the eyes of the teenagers wide. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "Settle In for Winter With This Sausage Risotto," 18 Jan. 2018 Afterward, learn the Napoleonic tradition of sabering champagne bottles and bundle up for the Kettle One Ice Room, the world’s coldest vodka tasting room. Destination Canada, Bon Appetit, "The Ultimate Guide to British Columbia’s Après-Ski Scene," 31 Oct. 2017 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, "A Champagne Lover’s Guide to Hosting a Last-Minute Bastille Day Soiree," 14 July 2017 A waiter with a ponytail has just sabered a bottle of champagne with a sword, and now a half-dozen topless cabaret dancers are swinging upside-down from the ceiling. Eliot Stein, CNT, "Booking.com's Digital Travel Assistant Planned Our Trip to Paris," 10 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of saber

Noun

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saber

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of saber

: a long, heavy sword with a curved blade

: a lightweight sword that is used in fencing

saber

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

Kids Definition of saber

: a long sword with a curved blade

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