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[buhk-ler] /ˈbʌk lər/
a round shield held by a grip and sometimes having straps through which the arm is passed.
any means of defense; protection.
verb (used with object)
to be a shield to; support; defend.
Origin of buckler
1250-1300; Middle English bokeler < Anglo-French, Middle French bocler, equivalent to bocle boss2 + -er -er2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for buckler
Historical Examples
  • I was forced to get behind a corner of that buckler with which you have so often turned my own thrusts.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • I paused to twist my cloak about my left arm intending to use it as a buckler.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • It had stood as a barrier between them, her buckler, her sole defence against him.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • This vote is the excuse of cowards, this vote is the buckler of dishonoured consciences.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • It followeth, “And in all things take the shield or buckler of faith.”

  • He had thrown away his buckler, and was ready for the hemlock.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • An ancient shield or buckler, formed of scales sewed on skins.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • That is their shield and buckler, their defence against the attacks of the profligate.

  • But these are nought; in mine own honesty are my spear and buckler.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • And he swung his buckler forward and stretched his right hand to the sword.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for buckler


a small round shield worn on the forearm or held by a short handle
a means of protection; defence
(transitive) (archaic) to defend
Word Origin
C13: from Old French bocler, from bocle shield boss; see buckle, boss²
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Word Origin and History for buckler

"small, round shield used to ward off blows," c.1300, from Old French bocler "boss (of a shield), shield, buckler" (12c., Modern French bouclier), from Latin *buccularius (adj.) "having a boss," from buccula (see buckle (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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