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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sey-ber]
    • /ˈseɪ bər/
    • /ˈseɪ.bər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sey-ber]
    • /ˈseɪ bər/

Definitions of sabre word

  • verb with object sabre to strike, wound, or kill with a saber. 1
  • noun sabre a heavy, one-edged sword, usually slightly curved, used especially by cavalry. 1
  • noun sabre a soldier armed with such a sword. 1
  • noun sabre Fencing. a sword having two cutting edges and a blunt point. the art or sport of fencing with the saber, with the target being limited to the head, trunk, and arms, and hits being made with the front edge and the upper part of the back edge of the sword and by thrusts. 1
  • countable noun sabre A sabre is a heavy sword with a curved blade that was used in the past by soldiers on horseback. 0
  • noun sabre a stout single-edged cavalry sword, having a curved blade 0

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Origin of sabre

First appearance:

before 1670
One of the 47% oldest English words
1670-80; < French sabre, sable < German Sabel (now Säbel), earlier sewel, schebel < Polish szabla; compare Czech šavle, Serbo-Croatian sȁblja, Russian sáblya sword, saber, perhaps all ultimately < Hungarian szablya, though derivation and transmission uncertain

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Parts of speech for Sabre


sabre popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for sabre

noun sabre

  • backsword — a person who uses the backsword
  • bilbo — (formerly) a sword with a marked temper and elasticity
  • bilboes — a long iron bar with two sliding shackles, formerly used to confine the ankles of a prisoner
  • bolo — a large single-edged knife, originating in the Philippines
  • broadsword — a broad-bladed sword used for cutting rather than stabbing

verb sabre

  • chine — the backbone
  • cut — If you cut something, you use a knife or a similar tool to divide it into pieces, or to mark it or damage it. If you cut a shape or a hole in something, you make the shape or hole by using a knife or similar tool.
  • faceted — one of the small, polished plane surfaces of a cut gem.
  • facetted — one of the small, polished plane surfaces of a cut gem.
  • flitch — the side of a hog (or, formerly, some other animal) salted and cured: a flitch of bacon.

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