Definition of en garde in English:

en garde

Syllabification: en garde
Pronunciation: /än ˈgärd, äN
 
/

exclamation

Fencing
  • A direction to be ready to fence, taking the opening position for action.
    More example sentences
    • I was hoping for a rematch against you - en garde!
    • Following salutes the referee yells ‘en garde’ and each participant lowers his mask and prepares for the bout to begin
    • He yells ‘En Garde!’ and lunges at me.

Origin

French en garde '(be) on guard.'.

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