- a round shield held by a grip and sometimes having straps through which the arm is passed.
- any means of defense; protection.
- to be a shield to; support; defend.
Origin of buckler
Examples from the Web for buckler
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
It had stood as a barrier between them, her buckler, her sole defence against him.Mistress Wilding
This vote is the excuse of cowards, this vote is the buckler of dishonoured consciences.Napoleon the Little
It followeth, “And in all things take the shield or buckler of faith.”Sermons on the Card and Other Discourses
- a small round shield worn on the forearm or held by a short handle
- a means of protection; defence
- (tr) archaic to defend
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.)).