- an attendant who carries the shield or arms of a warrior.
Origin of shield bearer
First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for shield bearer
At folio 96 v. is another example of a warrior, with a shield-bearer.Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages
Edward Lewes Cutts
At the very moment when he left the spot, his shield-bearer, stepping into his place, was struck.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XXXI, 1640
As he was cheering his men on along the causeway in the dark, his shield-bearer stumbled and fell against him.A Short History of the Royal Navy 1217 to 1688
Occasionally the charioteer, as well as the archer, has a shield-bearer behind him.The History of Antiquity, Vol. III (of VI)
Thord carried the shield before Bersi, and Vali was Thorkel's shield-bearer.