From light + saber; coined by American filmmaker George Lucas (born 1944) for the Star Wars film franchise (beginning 1977). First mentioned in the film Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope) which was released on 25 May 1977.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /laɪt.ˈseɪ.bə(ɹ)/
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- (General American, Canada) IPA(key): /laɪt.ˈseɪ.bɚ/
- Hyphenation: light‧sa‧ber
lightsaber (plural lightsabers)
- (science fiction) A sword having a blade made of a powerful beam of light. [from 1977.]
- 2006 September, Steve Tomkins, “Icon of the Month No. 82: Dr Who”, in Simon Jones, editor, Third Way, volume 29, number 7, Harrow, London: Third Way Trust, ISSN 0309-3492, page 24:
- This was the era of Star Wars, the reinvention of science fiction with the homely Luke Skywalker. But even Luke had the Force and a tie-fighter. The Doctor was a humanist, and his spacecraft was an obsolete phone box redolent of bobbies with whistles. He would never resort to lightsabre against villains, preferring to confront them with jelly babies.
- 2008 November, “Collecting”, in Boys' Life, volume XCVIII, number 11, Irving, Tx.: Boy Scouts of America, ISSN 0006-8608, page 52:
- Poster Power / Get the scheme behind the scene with Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection. This boxed set includes five double-sided posters with blueprints of the Death Star, R2-D2, and C-3PO, lightsabers and blasters, Darth Vader and the Millennium Falcon.
- lightsabre (Britain and elsewhere outside the US)