[uh-pel, a-pel; French a-pel]
noun, plural ap·pels [uh-pelz, a-pelz; French a-pel] /əˈpɛlz, æˈpɛlz; French aˈpɛl/. Fencing.
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.
a sharp stroke with the blade used for the purpose of procuring an opening.
Origin of appel
see origin at appeal
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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Historical Examples of appel
And say, Appel, you ain't seen nobody but only Quinlan and Geltfin—eh?
I had not observed that it was warmer than usual, Mrs. Appel.
Wallie did not seem displeased by the accusation as he passed on to Mrs. Appel.
"Aw—you'll be back when it gets cold weather," said Mr. Appel.
"Undoubtedly," agreed Mr. Appel, getting up out of the aisle.
British Dictionary definitions for appel
a stamp of the foot, used to warn of one's intent to attack
a sharp blow with the blade made to procure an opening
Word Origin for appel
from French: challenge
Karel (ˈkaːrəl). 1921–2006, Dutch abstract expressionist painter
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