Definition of saker in English:



  • 1A large Eurasian falcon with a brown back and whitish head, used in falconry.

    Falco cherrug, family Falconidae

    • ‘Some sakers have extremely pale plumage, appearing almost white in flight. Wealthy falconers are prepared to pay a fortune for these attractive birds.’
    • ‘The larger, dark brown and gray barred Altai Saker falcons are the favorite bird of Arab falconers.’
  • 2An early form of cannon.

    • ‘English colonists gave their artillery colorful names, such as falcon, saker, demiculverin, and culverin, to name a few.’
    • ‘Fort St. Maries had eight cannons, purchased by Lord Baltimore in 1633. Of these, four were rated as sakers and four as the larger demiculverins.’
    • ‘The saker fired solid iron shot, weighing between 1.8 and 2.7 kg (4-6lb). These would not explode on impact, but would bounce along the ground until they crashed into something – or someone.’


Late Middle English: from Old French sacre, from Arabic ṣaqr ‘falcon’.