Meaning of maître d'armes in English:

maître d'armes


  • A fencing instructor.


maître d'armes

/ˌmeɪtrə ˈdɑːm/ /ˌmɛtrə ˈdɑːm/


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Angelo (1756–1835), fencing master and memoirist. From French maître d'armes from maître teacher + d' + armes arms, weapons. Middle French maistre is used in this specific sense from 1461, and maistre en fait d'armes from 1538.