tou·​ché tü-ˈshā How to pronounce touché (audio)
used to acknowledge a hit in fencing or the success or appropriateness of an argument, an accusation, or a witty point

Example Sentences

"Some clerics think that. Even some cops.  … " Mike grinned. "Touché, but with Ed it's an obsession. He has to fight lawyers and traders and everyone else on the streets of Chicago." Andrew M. Greeley, Happy Are Those Who Thirst For Justice, 1987 And yes, in case you hadn't guessed it already, caliper spring tension appears to have been reduced, because the brakes definitely have a much lighter touch. Touché, Shimano! Bike Tech, August 1987

Word History


French, from past participle of toucher to touch, from Old French tuchier

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of touché was in 1897

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Cite this Entry

“Touché.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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