Definition of scimitar in English:


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


  • A short sword with a curved blade that broadens toward the point, used originally in Eastern countries.
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    • 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.


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

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