en garde

[ ahn gahrd; French ahn gard ]
/ ɑn ˈgɑrd; French ɑ̃ ˈgard /

interjection Fencing.

(used as the call to the fencers by the director of a match to assume the prescribed position preparatory to action.)

Origin of en garde

< French: on guard
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British Dictionary definitions for en garde

en garde
/ French (ɑ̃ ɡard) /


on guard; a call to a fencer to adopt a defensive stance in readiness for an attack or bout


(of a fencer) in such a stance
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