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[tahrj] /tɑrdʒ/
noun, Archaic.
a small, round shield; a target or buckler.
Origin of targe
before 1000; Middle English < Old French < Old Norse targa round shield; cognate with Old High German zarga rim, ring; replacing Old English targe, targa < Old Norse Unabridged
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  • He spake, and hurled at Neoptolemus with nerveless arm a spear that scarce had force to pierce the outmost fold of the targe.

  • If any leaped forth, it was upon a viking spear, or if the face of any was seen it was the targe for a swift-sure arrow.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • He was in a blue cape, and had a targe, and his axe aloft on his shoulder.

  • It has always belonged to the Mackhais ever since they conquered the Mackalps, and took it with claymore and targe.

    Three Boys George Manville Fenn
  • The adarga was a kind of targe used by the light cavalry, and had its origin in Africa.

  • In form this targe seems to be a burlesque parody of the figure of a Mycenaean shield.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • The boss of a Japanese targe could not have balked it more cleverly.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • And he sent his targe in the air in a bravado, catching it by the prong in its navel, smart and clean, when it whirled back.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • The other, where there is a second, stands a little in the rear, and guards the archer's head with a round shield or targe.

  • Tacitus relates how the Highlanders at that period made sacrifices before going to battle, and fought with broadsword and targe.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
British Dictionary definitions for targe


an archaic word for shield
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German zarga rim, frame, Old Norse targa shield
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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