Definition of rapier noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈreɪpiə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪpiər//
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a long thin light sword that has two sharp edges (figurative) rapier wit (= very quick and sharp) See related entries: Weapons Word Origin early 16th cent.: from French rapière, from râpe ‘rasp, grater’ (because the perforated hilt resembles a rasp or grater).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rapier