Definition of rapier in English:

rapier

noun

  • 1A thin, light sharp-pointed sword used for thrusting.

    • ‘The lady shook her head, curtsied, and held out a hand for Langley's rapiers.’
    • ‘There were the rapiers on the walls, but I was too short to reach them.’
    • ‘For 150 years the rapier had been the principal civilian sword in Europe and the Italians were undisputed masters of it.’
    • ‘Several weapons, such as swords, shields, rapiers, daggers and spearheads, which were probably symbols of wealth and power, have also been recovered from the river.’
    • ‘The one that caught my attention was a woman wearing green and carrying a long, thin, lightweight sword, a rapier to be exact.’
    • ‘This is perhaps the first version of the film to apply full-sized rapiers and correct period style to the combats.’
    • ‘At this point, none of them were wearing any special gear, and the foils were now replaced with real rapiers.’
    • ‘That sort of grip is along the lines of the French foil school and has nothing whatsoever to do with 16th century rapiers.’
    • ‘We lost our rapiers in the crash and I'd like to continue fencing practice during our voyages.’
    • ‘All swords and rapiers used are blunt, but otherwise accurate replicas of surviving examples.’
    • ‘Some of them had little rapiers at their sides, others had shiny metal buttons on their tunics.’
    • ‘He also goes on to describe in many places in his book, the way in which a rapier was used in delivering multiple feints.’
    • ‘In the scuffle, they exchange rapiers and Hamlet slices Laertes with the venomous weapon.’
    • ‘A few, mostly the higher ranking among them, carried well crafted rapiers that they had appropriated in trade.’
    • ‘In fact, at this time it seems that the English still persisted in rapiers and daggers of disproportionate length which were certainly disappearing elsewhere.’
    • ‘Authentic items include Japanese samurai swords and 19 th-century British rapiers; replicas range from King Arthur's sword to Rambo's combat knife.’
    • ‘He blocked using one of the rapiers and thrusted with the other one.’
    • ‘The first part of Palladini's work is devoted solely to the use of the single sword or rapier.’
    • ‘Initially, logic suggested that rapiers used in formal personal combat should be as long as possible.’
    • ‘A candelabrum hung from the wall, next to a pair of dueling rapiers.’
    1. 1.1[as modifier] (especially of speech or intelligence) quick and incisive:
      ‘rapier wit’
      • ‘Webb's sharp script is laced with a rapier wit that is blacker than the Dark Ages.’
      • ‘He can go head to head and throw intellectual punches, or deliver rapier wit with ironic finesse.’
      • ‘My rapier wit will get me in trouble one of these days.’
      • ‘Kenneth Scott, an emeritus professor of law at Stanford University, recalls Director as a man of gentleness but also a rapier intellect.’
      • ‘This could be because my blog is the least popular of the twelve, but I like to think it's because people are so scared of my rapier wit that they dare not cast their vote for me.’
      • ‘A fan of lively debate and intelligent conversation, his rapier wit is razor sharp, and is certainly on top form today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you fancy a duel of words with a lippy French barman while he mixes you something long and cool, then this is the place to unsheathe your rapier wit.’
      • ‘As you can see, this is already shaping up to be a winner for subtlety and rapier wit.’
      • ‘Anyway, I'll try again tonight to come up with some devastatingly clever pun that befits my rapier wit.’
      • ‘Shrum, who emerged as a leading voice for Gore during a tour of talk shows after the August convention, is known for rapier instincts.’
      • ‘Both characters possess a rapier wit, and lash out with reckless abandon, and both films wisely recognize their cynicism as a defense mechanism.’
      • ‘I don't know everything about Oscar Wilde but from what I remember his rapier wit was not much honed by a four-hour stopover in Kuala Lumpur.’
      • ‘The real leader is the drummer who makes a super testament to rock, full of passion and rapier wit.’
      • ‘We secretly congratulate ourselves on our rapier wit and acid tongues as assorted revellers attempt to jump the queue.’
      • ‘It has been blessed with the honor of hosting my new web site and you, my loving fans, have been blessed with my rapier wit and timely sense of humor for at least a day.’
      • ‘But at least the liner notes are comprehensive, informative and packed with Fat Mike's rapier wit.’
      • ‘If by some chance you attract un-cool people, you manage to shake them off with your rapier wit.’
      • ‘Derek Flint satirizes and skewers mid '60s America with rapier precision.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

rapier

/ˈreɪpɪə/