- a small sword, especially of the 18th century, having a narrow blade and used for thrusting.
- a longer, heavier sword, especially of the 16th and 17th centuries, having a double-edged blade and used for slashing and thrusting.
Origin of rapier
Examples from the Web for rapier
Rapier shopped the script around, but thankfully no one wanted to pick it up.The 11 Worst Sequel Ideas to Come out of Hollywood
November 20, 2013
A rapier and a dagger found on the Thames foreshore show us that swordfights routinely broke out on the streets of London.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 30, 2013
Thomas Flynn, Jimmy So
September 30, 2013
I placed my rapier on the table and waited for him to speak.The Suitors of Yvonne
If your friend desire the sword, I have no objection,—I mean the rapier.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
The man with his face to me tossed his rapier impatiently into a corner.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Strickland employed not the rapier of sarcasm but the bludgeon of invective.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
If it were not for the Princess I would feed my rapier with him.The False Chevalier
William Douw Lighthall
- a long narrow two-edged sword with a guarded hilt, used as a thrusting weapon, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries
- a smaller single-edged 18th-century sword, used principally in France
Word Origin and History for rapier
"light, sharp-pointed sword," 1550s, from Middle French rapière, from espee rapiere "long, pointed two-edged sword" (late 15c.), in which the adjective is of uncertain origin, perhaps from derisive use of raspiere "poker, scraper." Dutch, Danish rapier, German Rappier are from French.