American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long, slender, two-edged sword with a cuplike hilt, used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- n. A light, sharp-pointed sword lacking a cutting edge and used only for thrusting.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long, narrow, pointed, two-edged sword, used, especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a guard for the hand, adapted for both cutting and thrusting, but used chiefly for thrusting. Rapier practice was usually with a dagger or hand-buckler held in the left hand to parry the thrust. See cut under
- n. In later English usage, a fencing-sword used only for thrusting.
- n. A slender, straight, sharply pointed sword (double-edged, single-edged or edgeless).
- adj. Extremely sharp.
- adj. Cutting smarts or keen wit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A straight sword, with a narrow and finely pointed blade, used only for thrusting.
- n. a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges
- From Middle French (espee) rapiere. (Wiktionary)
- French rapière, from Old French (espee) rapiere, rapier (sword). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“In fact, the back edge of this rapier is sharp enough to draw blood.”
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