[ too-shey ]
/ tuˈʃeɪ /


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

Nearby words

  1. touchscreen,
  2. touchstone,
  3. touchwood,
  4. touchy,
  5. touchy-feely,
  6. touggourt,
  7. tough,
  8. tough break,
  9. tough it out,
  10. tough love

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

British Dictionary definitions for touche


/ (tuːˈʃeɪ) /


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.)).

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