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

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This faire runs through July 8 and features lots of performances: medieval magic acts, swordplay, storytelling, folk dances and even a serialized drama. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Little Theatre Of Manchester, Curtain Call Announce New Seasons," 26 June 2018 Since the early 2000s, Saransk has been the base for one of Russia's clubs for historical fencing, a sport that includes the study, reenactment, replication and performance of European swordplay from centuries ago. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "World Cup host set for historical fencing to forget soccer," 1 July 2018 And there’s a single blade mode, which hews closest to the actual swordplay of Star Wars. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Beat Saber is the neon-soaked VR Star Wars / Guitar Hero mashup you didn’t know you needed," 18 May 2018 Wallace also choreographed the fight scenes, resulting in some impressive swordplay. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "'Three Musketeers' is one for all and all for fun at NOMA Sculpture Garden," 12 May 2018 After acrobatic wielding of the elongated teapot similar to swordplay, finally ceremonial teas were poured. Frank Cohen, courant.com, "Han Restaurant, Hartford," 23 Feb. 2018 After one of the acrobatic performers wielded the elongated teapot as if in swordplay, ceremonial teas were finally poured. Frank Cohen, courant.com, "Han Restaurant's Colorful And Tasty Celebration Of The Chinese New Year," 23 Feb. 2018 Later in the dinner, knight appears in armor to defend her honor and Kuhl engages the knight in swordplay. Ronald W. Erdrich, The Seattle Times, "Madrigal dinner returns to Snyder — thanks to choir director," 24 Dec. 2017 Because of his background in dance, Curran fills the stage with dancing, swordplay, fighting and whimsical movement, which is a refreshing contrast to the usual stand-and-deliver style of many opera stagings. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Opera's breezy, funny 'Pirates' marks a fresh start," 15 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of swordplay

: the art or skill of fighting with a sword

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