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noun Fencing.
  1. the sixth of eight defensive positions.
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Origin of sixte

1880–85; < French < Latin sextus sixth
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Historical Examples of sixte

  • This parry has been practically discarded in favour of “sixte.”

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5


  • Sixte Malaspina, introduced as one of the counsellors of Ratbert in a poem entitled 'Ratbert' not given here.

  • Sixte du Chatelet appeared in a pair of dazzling white trousers with invisible straps that kept them in shape.

    Two Poets

    Honore de Balzac

  • Sixte and Sinice came here to preach Christianity, and converted the consul Jovinus, whose cenotaph is in the archevch.

  • But even as I was making up my mind to this—we were engaged in sixte at the time—I saw a sudden chance.

British Dictionary definitions for sixte


  1. the sixth of eight basic positions from which a parry or attack can be made in fencing
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Word Origin for sixte

from French: (the) sixth (parrying position), from Latin sextus sixth
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