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rapier  (ˈreɪpɪə



  1. a long narrow two-edged sword with a guarded hilt, used as a thrusting weapon, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries
  2. a smaller single-edged 18th-century sword, used principally in France

Derived Forms

ˈrapier-ˌlike  adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Old French espee rapiere, literally: rasping sword; see rasp1

Example Sentences Including 'rapier'

She looks up to see the bird, the strange bird, the bird with the rapier beak sitting upon a pipe that runs along the central corridor.
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels
`Well, then, a blunderbuss, or even a rapier or a cutlass or a claymore or any of the other unpleasant things he's got.
Ferrars, Elizabeth Murder Moves In
Lampone stood there in a long white night-gown waving a rapier at them.
Fidelis Morgan THE RIVAL QUEENS: A Countess Ashby de la Zouche Mystery (2002)


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