sword·​play | \ ˈsȯrd-ˌplā How to pronounce swordplay (audio) \

Definition of swordplay

1 : the art or skill of wielding a sword especially in fencing
2 : an exhibition of swordplay

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Other Words from swordplay

swordplayer \ ˈsȯrd-​ˌplā-​ər How to pronounce swordplay (audio) \ noun

Examples of swordplay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Director Keishi Ōtomo knows precisely what draws someone to a film like this, generous with the swordplay, heated monologues about vengeance, and seemingly weightless fight choreography. Charles Bramesco, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 This wouldn’t necessarily be a problem if the level of the action — the fighting, the swordplay, the choreography — ever approached the mythic or even just the mildly impressive. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 23 July 2021 No refined swordplay ballet, no circumspect offstage fight. Melissa Holbrook Pierson, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021 As a few men mark the swordplay with wooden batons, the other cast members look on placidly. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021 Hour-long martial arts lessons are offered by iaidō and kendo masters, styles that are both heavy on swordplay. Richard Morgan, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Apr. 2021 Above all, though, Ghost of Tsushima’s balletic swordplay is the game’s standout feature. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 22 Dec. 2020 This 13th-century samurai drama blends a likable lead with satisfying swordplay and an open world that consistently engages with the player and keeps them moving forward. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2020 But the fact that this seemingly unbalanced swordplay is available as an option is hard to ignore. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of swordplay

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of swordplay was in 1602

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28 Sep 2021

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“Swordplay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swordplay. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of swordplay

: the art or skill of fighting with a sword


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