Meaning of yataghan in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjatəɡ(ə)n/


mainly historical
  • A sword without a guard and typically with a double-curved blade, used in Muslim countries.

    ‘Next to the table, on a chair covered in red velvet, I see a helmet, a yataghan [a curved Turkish saber], a large pistol with an ivory-inlaid grip.’
    • ‘Short Turkish Swords - yataghans or curved daggers, were most frequently used for hand-to-hand combat where they usually were decisive for the result of combat, since the use of fire-arms had still been slow and unpractical.’
    • ‘Inscription on the yataghan blade: Made by Salih, owned by Salih-agha, 1672 (according to the Muslim calendar)’
    • ‘Turkish eighteenth-century yataghans are fine examples of artistic decoration: their wavy blades have near the hilt embossed plates with protruding coral insets.’
    • ‘In their splendid robes and richly ornamented yataghans, the gentlemen of the party lent unusual picturesqueness to the commonplace surroundings of a railway platform.’
    • ‘The yataghan has one-edged curved blade with ornamentation and Arabian lettering.’
    • ‘These flamboyant Turkish uniformed troops also had muskets with bayonets of this form, and a number of yataghan blade bayonets appeared for both U.S. and Confederate forces.’
    • ‘The handle of yataghan is made of wood or deer horn.’
    • ‘The author presents this famous weapon of Osman Turks and the collection of yataghans in the State Museum of Oriental Art.’


From Turkish yataǧan.