Definition of rapier in English:

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rapier

Pronunciation: /ˈreɪpɪə/

noun

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1A thin, light sharp-pointed sword used for thrusting.
Example sentences
  • In the scuffle, they exchange rapiers and Hamlet slices Laertes with the venomous weapon.
  • All swords and rapiers used are blunt, but otherwise accurate replicas of surviving examples.
  • Initially, logic suggested that rapiers used in formal personal combat should be as long as possible.
1.1 [as modifier] (Especially of speech or intelligence) quick and incisive: rapier wit
More example sentences
  • As you can see, this is already shaping up to be a winner for subtlety and rapier wit.
  • He also has a rapier wit and a refined taste for red wine and sweet revenge.
  • I may have to move to the United States to battle these people with my rapier wit and rugged good looks.

Origin

Early 16th century: from French rapière, from râpe 'rasp, grater' (because the perforated hilt resembles a rasp or grater).

Words that rhyme with rapier

Napier, tapir

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ra¦pier

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