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[too-shey] /tuˈʃeɪ/
Fencing. (an expression used to indicate a hit or touch.)
(an expression used for acknowledging a telling remark or rejoinder.)
Origin of touché
1920-25; < French: literally, touched Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • For by fayrnesse they fede the syghte: and playseth the smelle by odour, the touche by softe handlynge.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • That is euyn as very a touche of a pharesey as any can be.Cannius.

    Two Dyaloges (c. 1549) Desiderius Erasmus
  • Tout autre malheur ne me touche plus fortement: mais celui-l me touche au cur et aux entrailles.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • Then, without allowing him time to shape an answer, "touche!"

    The Cardinal's Snuff-Box Henry Harland
  • Then at the ende of eche semidiameter, I draw a touche line, whiche shall make righte angles with the semidiameter.

    The Path-Way to Knowledg Robert Record
  • So I call that triangle drawen in a circle, whose corners do touche the circumference of the circle.

    The Path-Way to Knowledg Robert Record
  • Seulement, cette originalit, par bien des saillies, touche celle de Tristan Corbire.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • Ce gage d'amitié plus qu'un autre me touche: Un serrement de main vaut dix serments de bouche.

    Friend Mac Donald Max O'Rell
  • touche concludes his article with the statement that it is certain that the effect is not curative but it is actually palliative.

  • At the touche--touche I touched him in two places at the same allonge, and threw his foil from him several feet.

British Dictionary definitions for touche


an acknowledgment that a scoring hit has been made in a fencing competition
an acknowledgment of the striking home of a remark or the capping of a witticism
Word Origin
from French, literally: touched
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Word Origin and History for touche

1904, "exclamation acknowledging a hit in fencing," from French touché, past participle of toucher "to hit," from Old French touchier "to hit" (see touch (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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