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 swordplayer (audio) \ noun

Examples of swordplay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Christopher Frater, a 29-year-old knight of Medieval Times, says muscle memory kicked in after his weeks without swordplay. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Knights of the Sanitized Table: How does Medieval Times Dallas keep going in a pandemic?," 7 Aug. 2020 The researchers’ findings, published last week in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, suggest that swordplay was indeed a common and sophisticated facet of Bronze Age warfare. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Stage Sword Fights to Study Bronze Age Warfare," 21 Apr. 2020 What stuck out to me most was how much back swordplay there was between Apple and the analysts over Apple's outlook and the underpinnings of its profits: average selling price and gross margins. WSJ, "Apple Q3 2016 Earnings and Conference Call," 26 July 2016 Instead, what pop culture got was an enjoyable romp that offered romance, swordplay, a throwback sense of high-seas Hollywood action, and arguably Depp’s most watchable character. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," 12 Nov. 2019 At one point in this sometimes powerful world premiere at Rep Stage, the feckless but likable King Edward practices swordplay with his prime minister, Sir Roger Mortimer. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Games, both old and new, power this reboot of ‘Edward II’," 5 Nov. 2019 Meals Included:Breakfast Accommodations:Hotel Monterey Kyoto Day 10: Kyoto Unleash your inner warrior this morning with a lesson on samurai swordplay. National Geographic, "Japan Family Journey: From Ancient to Modern Times," 12 June 2019 That whole dance number where the VKs battle enchanted knights is impressive, but again Boyce wins with Carlos’ swordplay. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "All of Cameron Boyce's best moments in Descendants 3," 3 Aug. 2019 Paired with the game’s outstanding visual aesthetic, the unprecedented swordplay makes it a standout not just of this year, but of this entire console generation. Nick Romano, EW.com, "10 best videogames of 2019 (so far)," 27 June 2019

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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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22 Aug 2020

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“Swordplay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swordplay. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of swordplay

: the art or skill of fighting with a sword

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