Open main menu

Wiktionary β

corps-a-corps

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French corps-à-corps meaning "body to body".

NounEdit

corps-a-corps

  1. (fencing) The action of two fencers coming into physical contact with one another with any portion of their bodies or hilts.

While physical contact is illegal in foil and sabre bouts, in epee fencing contact between fencers can be made as long as it doesn't include force (intentional or not).