left-hand dagger


main gauche

[French man gohsh]


a dagger of the 16th and 17th centuries, held in the left hand in dueling and used to parry the sword of an opponent.

Origin of main gauche

< French: literally, left hand
Also called left-hand dagger.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019