main gauche

[ French man -gohsh ]
/ French mɛ̃ ˈgoʊʃ /

noun

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

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Also called left-hand dagger.

Origin of main gauche

<French: literally, left hand
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Example sentences from the Web for main gauche

  • The Main-gauche is also of the dagger order, but has a broad knuckle-guard and long straight quillons.

    Armour &amp; Weapons|Charles John Ffoulkes