épée

noun
\ ˈe-ˌpā How to pronounce épée (audio) , ā-ˈpā How to pronounce épée (audio) \

Definition of épée

1 : a fencing or dueling sword having a bowl-shaped guard and a rigid blade of triangular section with no cutting edge that tapers to a sharp point blunted for fencing — compare foil entry 4 sense 1, saber
2 : the art or sport of fencing with the épée

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Examples of épée in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Movies make life simpler for 27-year-old U.S. epee fencer Jake Hoyle, who lost his match in the table of 32. Christian Ortega, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 Bouts in epee tend to be slower, with a high emphasis on counterattacks where points are one on sudden bursts of speed in a sport that's as close to 19th-century dueling as can be. Christian Ortega, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 Fencing's medals will be awarded in women's individual epee and men's individual sabre competitions. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 7 Aug. 2021 Shelby Jensen of Salt Lake City who will be competing in wheelchair fencing — saber, epee and foil — in the Paralympics in Tokyo, demonstrates one of her moves knows as the Matrix with her coach Brandon Smith. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Aug. 2021 Fencing's medals will be awarded in women's individual epee and men's individual sabre competitions. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 7 Aug. 2021 Fencing's medals will be awarded in women's individual epee and men's individual sabre competitions. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 7 Aug. 2021 Fencing's medals will be awarded in women's individual epee and men's individual sabre competitions. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 7 Aug. 2021 And Japan, which never had won a fencing title, beat the Russians in men’s team epee. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of épée

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for épée

French, from Old French espee, Latin spatha

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“épée.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A9p%C3%A9e. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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