the lowermost terminal mount of a scabbard.

Origin of chape

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French: (metal) covering < Late Latin cappa; see cap1, cape1
Related formschape·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chape

Historical Examples of chape

  • I'll go with you now to a chape hotel, and won't charge you nothin'.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • “Begorra, sure we all thry to have our ray-ligion as chape as we can,” replied he coolly.

    Afloat at Last

    John Conroy Hutcheson

  • Don't be standin' when sittin' down is chape enough, even for the poor.


    Maud Wilder Goodwin

  • At the other end of the girdle was a metal attachment or chape which gave it consistency where it was most required.


    H. Clifford Smith,

  • To cut the matter short, he tould me the skipper had sould me as chape as a speckled orange!

    Seven Frozen Sailors

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for chape



a metal tip or trimming for a scabbard
the metal tongue of a buckle
Derived Formschapeless, adjective

Word Origin for chape

C14: from Old French: hood, metal cover, from Late Latin cappa cap
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