buck·​ler | \ ˈbə-klər How to pronounce buckler (audio) \

Definition of buckler

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small round shield held by a handle at arm's length
b : a shield worn on the left arm
2 : one that shields and protects


bucklered; bucklering; bucklers

Definition of buckler (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to shield or defend with a buckler

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Examples of buckler in a Sentence

Noun a strong and free press is our best buckler against tyranny
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So the film pays bemused tribute not only to one of Disneyland’s most popular rides but those old swash-bucklers who once graced movie screens. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' — THR's 2003 Review," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of buckler


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buckler


Middle English bocler, from Anglo-French bucler, from bocle

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The first known use of buckler was in the 13th century

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“Buckler.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckler. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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