- a heavy, one-edged sword, usually slightly curved, used especially by cavalry.
- a soldier armed with such a sword.
- 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.
verb (used with object)
- to strike, wound, or kill with a saber.
- the US spelling of sabre
n.type of single-edged sword, 1670s, from French sabre “heavy, curved sword” (17c.), alteration of sable (1630s), from German Sabel, Säbel, probably ultimately from Hungarian szablya “saber,” literally “tool to cut with,” from szabni “to cut.” The Balto-Slavic words (cf. Russian sablya, Polish szabla “sword, saber,” Lithuanian shoble) perhaps also are from German. Italian sciabla seems to be directly from Hungarian. Saber-rattling “militarism” is attested from 1922. Saber-toothed cat (originally tiger) is attested from 1849.