- Rapier is a thin, two-edged sword or speech that is clever.
- An example of rapier is a sword.
- An example of rapier is a comedian's comebacks.
A vintage rapier.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Fr rapière, origin, originally adjective , inch(es) Old French espee (sword) rapiere from uncertain or unknown; perhaps râper, to rasp, ultimately from Old High German raspon, to scrape together: see rasp
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- A long, slender, two-edged sword with a cuplike hilt, used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- A light, sharp-pointed sword lacking a cutting edge and used only for thrusting.
Origin: French rapière, from Old French (espee) rapiere, rapier (sword).