Definition of rapier in English:

rapier

noun

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

    • ‘He blocked using one of the rapiers and thrusted with the other one.’
    • ‘At this point, none of them were wearing any special gear, and the foils were now replaced with real rapiers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A candelabrum hung from the wall, next to a pair of dueling rapiers.’
    • ‘Authentic items include Japanese samurai swords and 19 th-century British rapiers; replicas range from King Arthur's sword to Rambo's combat knife.’
    • ‘In the scuffle, they exchange rapiers and Hamlet slices Laertes with the venomous weapon.’
    • ‘We lost our rapiers in the crash and I'd like to continue fencing practice during our voyages.’
    • ‘For 150 years the rapier had been the principal civilian sword in Europe and the Italians were undisputed masters of it.’
    • ‘He also goes on to describe in many places in his book, the way in which a rapier was used in delivering multiple feints.’
    • ‘There were the rapiers on the walls, but I was too short to reach them.’
    • ‘The first part of Palladini's work is devoted solely to the use of the single sword or rapier.’
    • ‘This is perhaps the first version of the film to apply full-sized rapiers and correct period style to the combats.’
    • ‘Some of them had little rapiers at their sides, others had shiny metal buttons on their tunics.’
    • ‘In fact, at this time it seems that the English still persisted in rapiers and daggers of disproportionate length which were certainly disappearing elsewhere.’
    • ‘The lady shook her head, curtsied, and held out a hand for Langley's rapiers.’
    • ‘That sort of grip is along the lines of the French foil school and has nothing whatsoever to do with 16th century rapiers.’
    • ‘All swords and rapiers used are blunt, but otherwise accurate replicas of surviving examples.’
    • ‘A few, mostly the higher ranking among them, carried well crafted rapiers that they had appropriated in trade.’
    • ‘Initially, logic suggested that rapiers used in formal personal combat should be as long as possible.’
    1. 1.1[as modifier] (especially of speech or intelligence) quick and incisive.
      ‘rapier wit’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Webb's sharp script is laced with a rapier wit that is blacker than the Dark Ages.’
      • ‘Shrum, who emerged as a leading voice for Gore during a tour of talk shows after the August convention, is known for rapier instincts.’
      • ‘But at least the liner notes are comprehensive, informative and packed with Fat Mike's rapier wit.’
      • ‘Derek Flint satirizes and skewers mid '60s America with rapier precision.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He also has a rapier wit and a refined taste for red wine and sweet revenge.’
      • ‘The real leader is the drummer who makes a super testament to rock, full of passion and rapier wit.’
      • ‘As you can see, this is already shaping up to be a winner for subtlety and rapier wit.’
      • ‘If by some chance you attract un-cool people, you manage to shake them off with your rapier wit.’
      • ‘Anyway, I'll try again tonight to come up with some devastatingly clever pun that befits my rapier wit.’
      • ‘He can go head to head and throw intellectual punches, or deliver rapier wit with ironic finesse.’
      • ‘I may have to move to the United States to battle these people with my rapier wit and rugged good looks.’
      • ‘Both characters possess a rapier wit, and lash out with reckless abandon, and both films wisely recognize their cynicism as a defense mechanism.’
      • ‘We secretly congratulate ourselves on our rapier wit and acid tongues as assorted revellers attempt to jump the queue.’
      • ‘Kenneth Scott, an emeritus professor of law at Stanford University, recalls Director as a man of gentleness but also a rapier intellect.’
      • ‘A fan of lively debate and intelligent conversation, his rapier wit is razor sharp, and is certainly on top form today.’
      • ‘My rapier wit will get me in trouble one of these days.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

rapier

/ˈrāpēər/