[ uh-pel, a-pel; French a-pel ]
/ əˈpɛl, æˈpɛl; French aˈpɛl /

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

From French; see origin at appeal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for appel

British Dictionary definitions for appel (1 of 2)


/ (əˈpɛl, French apɛl) /

noun fencing

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

British Dictionary definitions for appel (2 of 2)


/ (Dutch ˈɑpəl) /


Karel (ˈkaːrəl). 1921–2006, Dutch abstract expressionist painter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012