- 1 • historical The metal point of a scabbard.More 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.More 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'.
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