Scimitar definition

sĭmĭ-tər, -tär
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Any of various short, curved swords with an edge on the convex side, as used historically in the Near East.
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A sword of Persian origin that features a curved blade.
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A curved Asian sword with the edge on the convex side.
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A long-handled billhook.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
scimitar
Plural:
scimitars

Origin of scimitar

  • French cimeterre Italian scimitarra both perhaps ultimately from Persian šamšēr (Modern Iranian Persian šamšīr) from Middle Persian šafšēr, šafšēr

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French cimeterre (15c.) or directly from Italian scimitarra, possibly from an unknown Ottoman Turkish word, from Persian شمشیر (Å¡amÅ¡ir, “sword"), from Middle Persian Å¡mÅ¡yl (Å¡amÅ¡Ä“r) / Å¡pÅ¡yl (Å¡afÅ¡Ä“r, “sword").

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in 1548.

    From Wiktionary