Definition of sabot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsaˈbō/


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1A kind of simple shoe, shaped and hollowed out from a single block of wood, traditionally worn by French and Breton peasants.
Example sentences
  • He said they were called sabots, or klompens - and were the root of the word sabotage - when Dutch militant workers had thrown them into the gears to stop factory production as protest over something.
  • During the First World War it housed Belgian refugees, who made sabot clogs in the workshop of Arthur Simpson, renowned furniture designer and wood-carver.
  • Women in Brittany, of course, all wear sabots, you understand.
2A device that ensures the correct positioning of a bullet or shell in the barrel of a gun, attached either to the projectile or inside the barrel and falling away as it leaves the muzzle.
Example sentences
  • The shells were held in the centre of the barrel by sabots arranged around their circumference, which fell away after the missile left the barrel.
  • In order to transmit the energy from the charge to the sub-calibre projectile a sabot is needed, which acts as a ‘sling’ either to drive an armour-piercing core harder, or to throw a sub-calibre projectile further.
  • Modern guns will use a sabot or a pistol bullet, which come pre-packaged.
3A box from which cards are dealt at casinos in gambling games such as baccarat and chemin de fer. Also called shoe.
Example sentences
  • The croupier took two cards from the sabot.
  • After the players have placed their bets, the dealer picks out three cards from the sabot putting them before him.



sense 1.
Example sentences
  • The capped and saboted peasant women who waited on us were not more simple in their ways.


Early 17th century: French, blend of savate 'shoe' and botte 'boot'.

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Syllabification: sab·ot

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