Definition of en garde in English:

en garde

exclamation

Fencing
  • A direction to be ready to fence, taking the opening position for action.

    • ‘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.'.

Pronunciation:

en garde

/än ˈɡärd//äN/