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[uh-pel, a-pel; French a-pel] /əˈpɛl, æˈpɛl; French aˈpɛl/
noun, plural appels
[uh-pelz, a-pelz; French a-pel] /əˈpɛlz, æˈpɛlz; French aˈpɛl/ (Show IPA).
a tap or stamp of the foot, formerly serving as a warning of one's intent to attack, but now also used as a feint.
a sharp stroke with the blade used for the purpose of procuring an opening.
Origin of appel
< French; see appeal Unabridged
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  • Elle a ung docteur de Paris appel matre Michel, Eleymosinarius, lequel ne prche devant elle que purement l'vangile.

  • "Aw—you'll be back when it gets cold weather," said Mr. appel.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • Worcester traces the origin of apple directly to the German apfel, which he derives from æpl, apel, or appel.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
  • It had been years since Mr. appel had spoken to his wife like that.

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  • "Undoubtedly," agreed Mr. appel, getting up out of the aisle.

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  • To use the French terms, there cannot be appel, but there may be cassation.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • Wallie did not seem displeased by the accusation as he passed on to Mrs. appel.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • Miss Spenceley was talking to Mr. appel, who was listening so attentively that Wallie wondered what she was saying.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • His friends moved to refer his address to the commission des douze, which was carried on the appel nominal by 110 majority.

  • "There seems to be some kind of a ruckus," Mr. appel remarked as he stood up and leaned out the window.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for appel


/əˈpɛl; French apɛl/
noun (fencing)
a stamp of the foot, used to warn of one's intent to attack
a sharp blow with the blade made to procure an opening
Word Origin
from French: challenge


/Dutch ˈɑpəl/
Karel (ˈkaːrəl). 1921–2006, Dutch abstract expressionist painter
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