A saber is an old fashioned sword with a curved blade. Sabers were used in many historic battles, including the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century.

The saber is usually described as a "cavalry sword," or a weapon carried by a soldier on horseback. As guns became more common during wartime, cavalry troops armed with sabers became less and less typical. The word saber comes from the French sabre, "heavy, curved sword," Säbel in German and szablya in Hungarian, from the root szabni, "to cut."

Definitions of saber
  1. noun
    a stout sword with a curved blade and thick back
    synonyms: cavalry sword, sabre
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    a curved saber used in Eastern countries; the edge is on the convex side of the blade
    type of:
    blade, brand, steel, sword
    a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
  2. noun
    a fencing sword with a v-shaped blade and a slightly curved handle
    synonyms: sabre
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    type of:
    fencing sword
    a sword used in the sport of fencing
  3. verb
    cut or injure with a saber
    synonyms: sabre
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    type of:
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  4. verb
    kill with a saber
    synonyms: sabre
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    type of:
    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
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