[ rey-pee-er ]
/ ˈreɪ pi ər /


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

1545–55; < Middle French (espee) rapiere literally, rasping (sword); see rape3


ra·pi·ered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rapier

/ (ˈreɪpɪə) /


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

Derived forms of rapier

rapier-like, adjective

Word Origin for rapier

C16: from Old French espee rapiere, literally: rasping sword; see rasp 1
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