buckler

noun
buck·​ler | \ˈbə-klər \

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

buckler

verb
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

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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

Noun

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

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buckler

Noun

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

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