swashbuckler

[ swosh-buhk-ler, swawsh- ]
/ ˈswɒʃˌbʌk lər, ˈswɔʃ- /

noun

a swaggering swordsman, soldier, or adventurer; daredevil.

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Sometimes swash·er.

Origin of swashbuckler

First recorded in 1550–60; swash + buckler
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British Dictionary definitions for swashbuckler

swashbuckler
/ (ˈswɒʃˌbʌklə) /

noun

a swaggering or flamboyant adventurer
a film, book, play, etc, depicting excitement and adventure, esp in a historical setting

Word Origin for swashbuckler

C16: from swash (in the archaic sense: to make the noise of a sword striking a shield) + buckler
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