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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Fencing: The team epee competition begins but the United States faces an uphill battle.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1889, from French épée, literally "sword" from Old French espe (9c., spede) "spear, lance," from Latin spatha (see epaulet).


n. (context fencing English) A fencing sword of a certain modern type; ''frequently opposed to'' foil ''and'' sabre.


n. a fencing sword similar to a foil but with a heavier blade


The modern épée ( or , ) derives from the 19th-century Épée de Combat (itself a derivative of the French small sword), and is the largest and heaviest of the three weapons used in sport fencing. Épée is French for "sword".

As a thrusting weapon the épée is similar to a foil (compared to a sabre), but has a stiffer blade which is triangular in cross-section with a V-shaped groove called a fuller, has a larger bell guard, and is heavier. The technique however, is somewhat different, as there are no rules regarding priority and right of way. In addition, the entire body is a valid target area.

Usage examples of "epee".

Putting the epee back into his belt, Keff turned to confront the ancient wizard, who stood watching the proceedings with a neutral eye.

Keff said, unstrapping his belt and laser epee and throwing himself into the crash seat at the control console.

But he had to fight this battle sitting still, without fists, without epee, hoping his anxiety didn't show on his face, to convince this languid tyrant to free her before she went mad.

With a flick of his improvised epee, he engaged Asedow and disarmed him, flinging the mace away into the void.

Keff grinned ferociously and edged toward his laser epee, slung handily across the back of one of the crash couches.

He lunged, and the hot point of his epee struck the middle of the chief thugs chest.

It was also de Bergerac who ran his epee through the thigh of Captain Gwalchgwynn.

De Bergerac parried this and then thrust over Burton’s blade, but Burton attempted a stop thrust, using the bellguard of his epee to deflect his opponent’s tip and at the same time (almost) driving his own point into de Bergerac’s forearm.

Two schlagers, a rapier, five epees, four foils—the latter displayed in pairs, angled and opposing, their tips crossed.

Two schlagers, a rapier, five epees, four foils—the latter displayed in pairs, angled and opposing, their tips crossed.

Your epees will not be blunted, and you will wear no protective masks.

It was at least as safe as fighting with buttoned epees, though no doubt accidents could happen.

Epees and handguns and hand-to-hand and yogatsu, it doesn't matter: you train the moves into your reflex arcs so you don't have to make up something while you're being attacked.