En-garde meaning

äɴ gärd
(fencing) Used to warn one's opponent to take a defensive position prior to the beginning of a fight.
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Used to warn a fencer to assume the position preparatory to a match.
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On guard: a direction to fencers.
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The opening position from which one may either attack or defend.
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Origin of en-garde

  • French en on garde guard

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary