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 (sĭm′ĭ-tər, -tär′)
A curved Asian sword with the edge on the convex side.

[French cimeterre and Italian scimitarra, both perhaps ultimately from Persian šamšēr (Modern Iranian Persian šamšīr), from Middle Persian šafšēr, šafšēr.]


(ˈsɪmɪtə) , rarely






(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) an oriental sword with a curved blade broadening towards the point
[C16: from Old Italian scimitarra, probably from Persian shimshīr, of obscure origin]


(ˈsɪm ɪ tər, -ˌtɑr)

or scim•i•ter


a curved, single-edged sword of Oriental origin.
[1540–50; < Italian scimitarra]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scimitar - a curved oriental saberscimitar - a curved oriental saber; the edge is on the convex side of the blade
cavalry sword, saber, sabre - a stout sword with a curved blade and thick back
šavleturecká šavle


[ˈsɪmɪtəʳ] Ncimitarra f


[ˈsɪmɪr] n (= sword) → cimeterre m


nKrummschwert nt


[ˈsɪmɪtəʳ] nscimitarra
References in classic literature ?
I did so, and immediately all the troops gave a shout between terror and surprise; for the sun shone clear, and the reflection dazzled their eyes, as I waved the scimitar to and fro in my hand.
When he was thus employed he saw an enormous genius, white with rage, coming towards him, with a scimitar in his hand.
From time to time a broad sheet of lightning opened the horizon in its whole width, darted like a serpent over the black mass of trees, and like a terrible scimitar divided the heavens and the waters into two parts.
At first sprouts out a kind of seed or capsula, of a shape not unlike the scabbard of a scimitar, which they cut, and place a vessel under, to receive the liquor that drops from it; this drink is called soro, and is clear, pleasant, and nourishing.
The only stand any of them made was on our right, where three of them stood, and, by signs, called the rest to come back to them, having a kind of scimitar in their hands, and their bows hanging to their backs.
Here is a bronzed Moor in a prodigious white turban, curiously embroidered jacket, gold and crimson sash, of many folds, wrapped round and round his waist, trousers that only come a little below his knee and yet have twenty yards of stuff in them, ornamented scimitar, bare shins, stockingless feet, yellow slippers, and gun of preposterous length--a mere soldier
I grew frantically mad, and struggled to force myself upward against the sweep of the fearful scimitar.
Here they heard a loud noise in the chamber, and Don Quixote shouting out, "Stand, thief, brigand, villain; now I have got thee, and thy scimitar shall not avail thee
Or "One stone terrace (cracked), one gondola in distance, one Venetian senator's dress complete, richly embroidered white satin costume with profile portrait of Miss Jogg the model, one Scimitar superbly mounted in gold with jewelled handle, elaborate Moorish dress (very rare), and Othello.
Under the oldest and thickest of these trees, reclining on cushions, sat my father; my mother was at his feet, and I, childlike, amused myself by playing with his long white beard which descended to his girdle, or with the diamond-hilt of the scimitar attached to his girdle.
The moon with her scimitar had now ripped up and rolled away all the storm-wrack.
There is none,'' replied the hermit, ``from the scissors of Delilah, and the tenpenny nail of Jael, to the scimitar of Goliath, at which I am not a match for thee But, if I am to make the election, what sayst thou, good friend, to these trinkets?