sword·​play ˈsȯrd-ˌplā How to pronounce swordplay (audio)
: the art or skill of wielding a sword especially in fencing
: an exhibition of swordplay
swordplayer noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lay waste to crooks with gunfire and swordplay in this unique, third-person shooter from the makers of Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden. PCMAG, 19 Jan. 2023 There are a couple of neat monsters, including one that looks like a whole school of anglerfish jammed together, and a bit of entertaining swordplay. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Dec. 2022 Expect some violence, including fistfights, guns, swordplay, a person set on fire and a kidnapping. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2022 So do director Neil Armfield, who expertly manages the interplay of swordplay and song, and conductor Nicholas Carter, who holds the sparking, roaring machine of a score together with impeccable finesse. Vulture, 16 May 2022 Violence includes frequent swordplay, fights against monsters and a bloody battlefield with many dead bodies. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2022 What: Demos and presentations on pirate life in 1700s, flintlock pistol duels, pirate tug-o-war, swashbuckling swordplay, cannon firing, treasure hunt for kids. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 15 Sep. 2022 Use swordplay based on Chinese martial arts to fight off deadly creatures and enemy soldiers in Wo Long, the latest game from Team Ninja. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 June 2022 Although Guzman’s Andrew is more grounded and authentic than DeCarlo’s wacky, ethereal Barrymore, the two actors match each other well in energy, wordplay and swordplay. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Swordplay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swordplay. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


sword·​play -ˌplā How to pronounce swordplay (audio)
: the art or skill of using a sword especially in fencing
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