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.)

Nearby words

  1. en dash,
  2. en déshabillé,
  3. en face,
  4. en famille,
  5. en fête,
  6. en masse,
  7. en papillote,
  8. en passant,
  9. en pension,
  10. en plein

Origin of en garde

< French: on guard

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British Dictionary definitions for en garde

en garde

/ French (ɑ̃ ɡard) /

interjection

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

adjective

(of a fencer) in such a stance
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