[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. buckle,
  2. buckle down,
  3. buckle under,
  4. buckle up,
  5. buckled,
  6. buckler fern,
  7. buckley,
  8. buckley's chance,
  9. buckling,
  10. buckminsterfullerene

Origin of buckler

1250–1300; Middle English bokeler < Anglo-French, Middle French bocler, equivalent to bocle boss2 + -er -er2

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British Dictionary definitions for buckler


/ (ˈbʌklə) /


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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