Definition of saboteur noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌsæbəˈtɜː(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsæbəˈtɜːr//
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a person who does deliberate damage to something to prevent an enemy from using it, or to protest about something Saboteurs blew up a small section of the track. (British English) hunt saboteurs (= people who try to stop people from hunting foxes, etc.) See related entries: Protest Word Originearly 20th cent.: from French, from the verb saboter ‘kick with sabots (a simple shoe), wilfully destroy’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: saboteur