Definition of sabre in English:

sabre

(US saber)

noun

  • 1A heavy cavalry sword with a curved blade and a single cutting edge.

    • ‘Our new owners are coming in like the Cavalry with sabers drawn, ready to vanquish the enemy.’
    • ‘Twelve of Poland's divisions were cavalry, armed with lance and sabre, and they were no match for tanks.’
    • ‘Old muskets, pistols and sabers were spread everywhere Billy and White Eagle rode.’
    • ‘Muskets and pikes and sabers lay strewn and forgotten like cut hay.’
    • ‘Police sabers, cavalry sabers, European-type dress swords and other non-traditional blades are outside the scope of this discussion.’
    • ‘The saber flew forward and curved around slicing through trees and vines.’
    • ‘Every confederate soldier gave a loud battle cry and with their muskets, pistols, and sabers raised, they ran toward the Union army.’
    • ‘They rode sturdy Mongolian ponies, wore distinctive fur caps, and carried sabers, pistols, and rifles.’
    • ‘In February, the troop will be honing their cavalry charging techniques with sabre and lance.’
    • ‘They want to dominate Europe by bureaucratic cleverness where they could not do so by muzzle-loading cannon, muskets and cavalry sabers.’
    • ‘She charged at her, blade of the dark saber extended.’
    • ‘The blades were usually double-edged and up to 90 cm, or a little over, in length, but early single-edged sabres are also known.’
    • ‘The sword was far too heavy, so Raven took a saber and imbued it with magical strength and abilities.’
    • ‘The design of the sabre came from the cutting sword used by cavalries.’
    • ‘Elon shouted as he drew his cavalry saber and aimed his Colt revolver.’
    • ‘Stoek went back into his cabin and came out with a dagger, a sabre and a sword.’
    • ‘No deputy stood a chance of leaving the chamber, and when one group tried, they were turned back by Hanriot and Guardsmen with drawn sabres.’
    • ‘Further support of this theory is demonstrated in the Battle of Balaclava where the sabers of the cavalry had little or no effect through heavy clothing.’
    • ‘Then bend Dante's sword so that it is curved like a saber.’
    • ‘In addition to shortages on armor plates there has also been a shortage on assault rifles, requiring the military to outfit one man per platoon with a cavalry saber.’
    1. 1.1historical A cavalry soldier and horse.
      • ‘There remained French's Cavalry Division, with Hutton's Mounted Infantry, which could not have exceeded two thousand sabres and rifles.’
      • ‘This I did to the best of my ability, by continually sending squadrons of about a thousand sabres out against them.’
      • ‘On February 27th Sheridan, with two divisions of cavalry, ten thousand sabers, moved up the Valley to Staunton.’
  • 2A light fencing sword with a tapering, typically curved blade.

    • ‘With the exercise saber the touch with the point is hardly perceptible and would not weaken the instructor's cut.’
    • ‘The immediate consequences to a duelist of wounds inflicted by thrusts or cuts from the rapier, dueling sabre or smallsword were unpredictable.’
    • ‘Milanese fencing master Giuseppe Radaelli, is generally credited with having developed the light sabre and its technique.’
    • ‘Modern fencing has evolved into three basic weapons: the foil, the épée and the sabre.’
    • ‘A laminated floor glinted slightly at the edges, caught light, and a figure moved, shadowed, on the stage, his sabre also catching light.’
    • ‘In fact, the modern sabre as used in the sport of fencing today has absolutely no curve at all.’

verb

[with object]archaic
  • Cut down or wound with a sabre.

    ‘the people were fired on and sabred’
    • ‘The ex-soldier and radical politician William Cobbett observed that men would allow themselves to be ‘sabred into crow's meat’ in defence of a set of ragged colours which, were they for sale in a market, would fetch only a few pence.’
    • ‘The regiments of Fleur-d'Orange, Millefleur, and Eau-de-Cologne covered themselves with glory: they sabred many thousands of the enemy's troops.’
    • ‘They sabered the officer who raised a white surrender flag, and bayoneted the wounded in a merciless slaughter.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from French, alteration of obsolete sable, from German Sabel (local variant of Säbel), from Hungarian szablya.

Pronunciation

sabre

/ˈseɪbə/