Definition of chape in English:

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Pronunciation: /CHāp/


1 historical The metal point of a scabbard.
Example sentences
  • The scabbard occasionally had sheets of silver or gilded bronze applied to it to protect the mouth of the scabbard and the chape.
  • Figures in the Bayeux tapestry dating from the 11th century show swords being worn in scabbards on belts around the waist, with a hanging strap preventing the chape from dragging on the ground.
  • As it reached the chape, it was again wound tightly in several layers to protect the more regularly damaged end of the sheath.
2The metal pin of a buckle.
Example sentences
  • My husband's sword pommel glittered gold, the chapes and buckles of his belts flashed silver.


Middle English (in the general sense 'plate of metal overlaying or trimming something'): from Old French, literally 'cape, hood', from late Latin cappa 'cap'.

Words that rhyme with chape

agape, ape, cape, crape, crêpe, drape, escape, gape, grape, jape, misshape, nape, rape, scrape, shape, tape

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Syllabification: chape

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