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noun Archaic.
  1. a small, round shield; a target or buckler.
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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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Historical Examples of targe

  • The boss of a Japanese targe could not have balked it more cleverly.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan

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

  • He spake, and hurled at Neoptolemus with nerveless arm a spear that scarce had force to pierce the outmost fold of the targe.

  • If any leaped forth, it was upon a viking spear, or if the face of any was seen it was the targe for a swift-sure arrow.

  • The other, where there is a second, stands a little in the rear, and guards the archer's head with a round shield or targe.

British Dictionary definitions for targe


  1. an archaic word for shield
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Word Origin for targe

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