- a rapier with a three-sided blade and a guard over the tip.
- the art or sport of fencing with an épée, points being made by touching any part of the opponent's body with the tip of the weapon.
Origin of épée
1885–90; < French: sword < Latin spatha sword < Greek spáthē blade. See spade1
- Charles Michel, Abbé de l',1712–89, French priest and teacher of the deaf: pioneer in the development of sign language.
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Related Wordssword, knife, weapon, blade, dagger, saber, brand, edge, shank, cutlass, bill, foil, rapier, epee, scimitar, hanger, sabre, broadsword, kris, creese
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- a sword similar to the foil but with a larger guard and a heavier blade of triangular cross section
C19: from French: sword, from Latin spatha, from Greek spathē blade; see spade 1
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Word Origin and History for epee
1889, from French épée, literally "sword" from Old French espe (9c., spede) "spear, lance," from Latin spatha (see epaulet).
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