Definition of savate in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was wondering if this film would featuring savate, since it's French.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Zach misses the moonsault and then Tajiri hits a savate kick for the finish.’


French, originally denoting an ill-fitting shoe.