savate

[ suh-vat ]
/ səˈvæt /
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noun

a sport resembling boxing but permitting blows to be delivered with the feet as well as the hands.

Nearby words

  1. savannah,
  2. savannah sparrow,
  3. savannakhet,
  4. savant,
  5. savarin,
  6. save,
  7. save as you earn,
  8. save face,
  9. save for a rainy day,
  10. save one's bacon

Origin of savate

1860–65; < French: literally, old shoe. See sabot

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British Dictionary definitions for savate

savate

/ (səˈvæt) /

noun

a form of boxing in which blows may be delivered with the feet as well as the hands

Word Origin for savate

C19: from French, literally: old worn-out shoe; related to sabot

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Word Origin and History for savate

savate

n.

French method of fighting with the feet, 1862, from French savate, literally "a kind of shoe" (see sabotage).

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