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.
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How to use buckler in a sentence
The buckler on the shoulders is formed of five or six rows, each composed of large quadrangular pieces.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
In other places the rock was damasked like a Saracen buckler, or engraved like a Florentine vase.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
It was for no lucre of gain I took you and your swash-buckler, your Don Diego yonder, under my poor roof.The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott
Here were poor innocent working men, and here was this bloodthirsty swash-buckler inciting their own brothers to slay them.Thirty Years in Australia | Ada Cambridge
Well, one is a buckler against the other: I don't say with lovely Amy May,—with an honourable woman.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete | George Meredith
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
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