- a rapier with a three-sided blade and a guard over the tip.
- the art or sport of fencing with an épée, points being made by touching any part of the opponent’s body with the tip of the weapon.
- Charles Michel, Abbé de l’,1712–89, French priest and teacher of the deaf: pioneer in the development of sign language.
- a sword similar to the foil but with a larger guard and a heavier blade of triangular cross section
1889, from French épée, literally “sword” from Old French espe (9c., spede) “spear, lance,” from Latin spatha (see epaulet).