Definition of savate in US English:

savate

noun

  • A French method of fighting in which feet and fists are used.

    • ‘The more he is teased about his appearance in the ring, the more forceful his response and his opponents are regularly met with vicious elbows, high knees and savate kicks to the back of the head.’
    • ‘I was wondering if this film would featuring savate, since it's French.’
    • ‘Nationalistic thugs who double as acrobats from the fictional Balkan country of Karonia, The Fearsome Foot-Fighters are masters of savate, a French form of kickboxing.’
    • ‘Zach misses the moonsault and then Tajiri hits a savate kick for the finish.’

Origin

French, originally denoting an ill-fitting shoe.

Pronunciation

savate

/səˈvat/