Definition of carabiner in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkerəˈbēnər/
(also karabiner)


A coupling link with a safety closure, used by rock climbers.
Example sentences
  • The Rock Climbing Section minimized rope burn while rappelling (then called ‘roping down’) by feeding the rope through a carabiner, a metal link attached to their gear.
  • Make sure you buy a good pear-shaped locking carabiner (either screw-gate or locking-gate type).
  • Until I met these fine folks, I couldn't have told you what a crampon or carabiner was if you paid me a million dollars!


1930s: shortened from German Karabiner-haken 'spring hook'.

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Syllabification: car·a·bi·ner

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