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
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Examples from the Web for buckler

Historical Examples of buckler

  • I was forced to get behind a corner of that buckler with which you have so often turned my own thrusts.

  • 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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for buckler



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 for buckler

C13: from Old French bocler, from bocle shield boss; see buckle, boss ²
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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.)).

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