Share this entry

Share this page

scimitar

Syllabification: scim·i·tar
Pronunciation: /ˈsimətər, -ˌtär
 
/

Definition of scimitar in English:

noun

A short sword with a curved blade that broadens toward the point, used originally in Eastern countries.
Example sentences
  • Other items include Russian swords, scimitars and a shield from Turkey.
  • At the wrist, the blade became smoother, becoming a short scimitar that extended nearly a foot forward.
  • Each rider carried one of many weapons - a wicked scimitar, a powerful lance, or a flail.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French cimeterre or Italian scimitarra, of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with scimitar

limiter, perimeter, velocimeter

Definition of scimitar in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…