[ uh-pel, a-pel; French a-pel ]

noun,plural ap·pels [uh-pelz, a-pelz; French a-pel]. /əˈpɛlz, æˈpɛlz; French aˈpɛl/. Fencing.
  1. a tap or stamp of the foot, formerly serving as a warning of one's intent to attack, but now also used as a feint.

  2. a sharp stroke with the blade used for the purpose of procuring an opening.

Origin of appel

From French; see origin at appeal

Words Nearby appel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use appel in a sentence

  • I've got appel starting for up there in half an hour in my car to take charge of everything and with orders to spare no expense.

    Sundry Accounts | Irvin S. Cobb
  • Lunging into the darkness he stumbled over appel's legs and tumbled headlong out into the narrow aisle.

    Sundry Accounts | Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for appel (1 of 2)


/ (əˈpɛl, French apɛl) /

  1. a stamp of the foot, used to warn of one's intent to attack

  2. a sharp blow with the blade made to procure an opening

Origin of appel

from French: challenge

British Dictionary definitions for Appel (2 of 2)


/ (Dutch ˈɑpəl) /

  1. Karel (ˈkaːrəl). 1921–2006, Dutch abstract expressionist painter

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