épée

or e·pee

[ey-pey, ep-ey]
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noun Fencing.
  1. a rapier with a three-sided blade and a guard over the tip.
  2. 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

Épée

[ey-pey]
noun
  1. 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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épée

noun
  1. a sword similar to the foil but with a larger guard and a heavier blade of triangular cross section

Word Origin for épée

C19: from French: sword, from Latin spatha, from Greek spathē blade; see spade 1
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Word Origin and History for epee
n.

1889, from French épée, literally "sword" from Old French espe (9c., spede) "spear, lance," from Latin spatha (see epaulet).

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