[ tahrj ]

  1. a small, round shield; a target or buckler.

Origin of targe

before 1000; Middle English <Old French <Old Norse targa round shield; cognate with Old High German zarga rim, ring; replacing Old English targe, targa<Old Norse

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How to use targe in a sentence

  • He was in a blue cape, and had a targe, and his axe aloft on his shoulder.

  • Like a targe of polished metal the round sea lay at his feet, and the shadows of the fishing-boats moved in the little bay.

  • Like many Thracian heroes Rhesus has a dash of the Sun-god in him, the burning targe, the white horses and the splendour.

  • The adarga was a kind of targe used by the light cavalry, and had its origin in Africa.

  • To the touch it was an ordinary coin; to the eye it had the form of a mighty targe of burnished gold.

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British Dictionary definitions for targe


/ (tɑːdʒ) /

  1. an archaic word for shield

Origin of targe

C13: from Old French, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German zarga rim, frame, Old Norse targa shield

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