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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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 Or, book a five-course meal and family-friendly show at Pirates Voyage, where swashbuckling performers engage in swordplay set to a musical score by Dolly Parton. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "8 Myrtle Beach activities that your family (and wallet) will love," 7 June 2019 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

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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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