• synonyms


[si-kond; French suh-gawnd]
noun, plural se·condes [si-kondz; French suh-gawnd] /sɪˈkɒndz; French səˈgɔ̃d/. Fencing.
  1. the second of the eight defensive positions.
Show More

Origin of seconde

1680–90; < French, feminine of second second1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for seconde

Historical Examples

British Dictionary definitions for seconde


  1. the second of eight positions from which a parry or attack can be made in fencing
Show More

Word Origin

C18: from French seconde parade the second parry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012