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rapier (ˈreɪpɪə Pronunciation for rapier



  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'

After half a century of delivering rapier thrusts on the body politic, Laxman, 72, still almost always has the last laugh.
India Today (1996)
Her only close friend wanted to teach James to box, but she learnt the rapier instead.
Jim Leavesley, George Biro THE MEDICAL MYSTERIES E-OMNIBUS (2001)
In his own way, Brown is a considerable Commons performer, even if he tends to use the bludgeon where Blair favours the rapier.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
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)
Longford's attack looks capable enough with Paul Barden and Padraig Davis providing the rapier to Sheridan's broadsword.
Irish Times (2002)
Oil has gone from being a rapier to being a very blunt instrument indeed.
Glasgow Herald (2002)
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
The film boasts more swash and buckle than you can poke a rapier at.
Misc (1999)
`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


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