Origin of chapeMiddle English from OFr, a cape from Late Latin cappa: see cape
The definition of a chape is a metal piece on the tip of a sheath for a sword or dagger.
An example of a chape is a piece of silver decorating the end of a sheath.
A metal tip or mounting on a scabbard or sheath.
Origin of chapeMiddle English from Old French hood, head covering from Late Latin cappa hooded cloak
- Most interesting of these is the dagger or sword, always very short, save in the latest graves, and distinguished by a heart-shaped guard marking the juncture of hilt and blade; its sheath is also characteristic, having a triangular projection on one side and usually a separate chape: these peculiar forms were necessitated by a special way of hanging the dagger from two straps that it might not interfere with a rider's movements.
- He wanted to ruin Chape lie, this nation both in a military and an ecOnomic sense, in order te annex to French Flanders the rest of the Catholic Netherlands allotted to him by a secret tret~y for partitioning the Spanish possessions, signed with his brother-in-law the emperor Leopold on the i9tb of January 1668.