noun Fencing.

  1. a rapier with a three-sided blade and a guard over the tip.
  2. the art or sport of fencing with an épée, points being made by touching any part of the opponent’s body with the tip of the weapon.


  1. Charles Michel, Abbé de l’,1712–89, French priest and teacher of the deaf: pioneer in the development of sign language.


  1. a sword similar to the foil but with a larger guard and a heavier blade of triangular cross section

1889, from French épée, literally “sword” from Old French espe (9c., spede) “spear, lance,” from Latin spatha (see epaulet).

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