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savate Line breaks: sa¦vate
Pronunciation: /səˈvɑːt/

Definition of savate in English:


[mass noun]
A French method of boxing in which feet and fists are used.
Example sentences
  • Nationalistic thugs who double as acrobats from the fictional Balkan country of Karonia, The Fearsome Foot-Fighters are masters of savate, a French form of kickboxing.
  • I was wondering if this film would featuring savate, since it's French.
  • The more he is teased about his appearance in the ring, the more forceful his response and his opponents are regularly met with vicious elbows, high knees and savate kicks to the back of the head.


French, originally denoting an ill-fitting shoe.

Words that rhyme with savate

apart, apparat, art, baht, Bart, Barthes, cart, carte, chart, clart, dart, Eilat, fart, ghat, Gujarat, Gujrat, hart, Harte, heart, heart-to-heart, impart, Jat, kart, kyat, Maat, Mansart, mart, outsmart, part, quarte, salat, Scart, smart, start, tart, zakat

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