Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A form of boxing in which kicking as well as punching is permitted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a form of French martial art that involves combinations of punching and kicking moves

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The use of the feet for attack and defense: a method of fighting practised by the French and Cornishmen.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, old shoe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Spandau was trying to remember what the hell savate was when Vignon kicked him high inside his left thigh.

    Babylon Nights

  • He was well-practised in the French form of boxing known as la savate.

    Spell of Magic – Part 2 « Official Harry Harrison News Blog

  • "Baritsu" was just a misspelling of Bartitsu, which was a real martial art combining jujitsu, boxing, savate and walking stick fighting.

    Guy Ritchie Explains His Vision for the New Sherlock Holmes « FirstShowing.net

  • It combined jujitsu, English boxing, French savate and walking stick fighting.

    Robert Downey Jr. Talks About Finding Sherlock Holmes « FirstShowing.net

  • Of the three principal characters, one is a savate expert and another is a master of la canne de combat, and is shown posing and fighting with the Vigny walking stick.

    French Martial Arts: "The Tiger Brigadiers"

  • The movie also features a boxe Francaise contest, a scene set in a salle d'armes where people are training in both savate and stick fighting, and a number of fight scenes.

    French Martial Arts: "The Tiger Brigadiers"

  • But the Bartitsu Society is the first site to put together the full picture of this interesting martial art - a hybrid of boxing, savate, stick-fighting and jiu-jitsu - that Barton-Wright promoted around 1899-1901.

    Bartitsu

  • On November 27, 2006 edition of RAW, during the Women's Battle Royal, Candice suffered a broken nose when Victoria nailed her in the face with a savate kick.

    WWE: Candice Michelle

  • My one gripe is that Batroc, the French savate master with the pointy moustache who is figured so prominently on the cover, does not get his own entry, he has to share it with his Brigade.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • With one savate kick he broke the man's back; Diana could hear it cracking like green wood-and before her assailant could collapse, a second double-handed blow sent him crashing into the brick wall, head crushed like an eggshell.

    Werehunter

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