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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for main gauche

Historical Examples of 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