or pav·ise

[ pav-is ]
/ ˈpæv ɪs /


a large oblong shield of the late 14th through the early 16th centuries, often covering the entire body and used especially by archers and soldiers of the infantry.

Nearby words

  1. paving,
  2. paving stone,
  3. pavior,
  4. paviotso,
  5. paviour,
  6. pavlodar,
  7. pavlograd,
  8. pavlov,
  9. pavlov's dogs,
  10. pavlov, ivan petrovich

Origin of pavis

1350–1400; Middle English paveys < Middle French pavais < Old Italian pavese literally, of Pavia; see -ese Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pavis



/ (ˈpævɪs) /


a large square shield, developed in the 15th century, at first portable but later heavy and set up in a permanent position

Word Origin for pavis

C14: from Old French pavais, from Italian pavese of Pavia, Italian city where these shields were originally made

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