Fencing. (an expression used to indicate a hit or touch.)
(an expression used for acknowledging a telling remark or rejoinder.)

Origin of touché

1920–25; < French: literally, touched Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for touche

Historical Examples of touche

  • That is euyn as very a touche of a pharesey as any can be.Cannius.

    Two Dyaloges (c. 1549)

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • Then, without allowing him time to shape an answer, "Touche!"

  • Tout autre malheur ne me touche plus fortement: mais celui-l me touche au cur et aux entrailles.

    Wagner as I Knew Him

    Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger

  • Seulement, cette originalit, par bien des saillies, touche celle de Tristan Corbire.


    Ezra Pound

  • So I call that triangle drawen in a circle, whose corners do touche the circumference of the circle.

British Dictionary definitions for touche



an acknowledgment that a scoring hit has been made in a fencing competition
an acknowledgment of the striking home of a remark or the capping of a witticism

Word Origin for touché

from French, literally: touched
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Word Origin and History for touche

1904, "exclamation acknowledging a hit in fencing," from French touché, past participle of toucher "to hit," from Old French touchier "to hit" (see touch (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper