swash·​buck·​ler | \ ˈswäsh-ˌbə-klər How to pronounce swashbuckler (audio) , ˈswȯsh-\

Definition of swashbuckler

1 : a swaggering or daring soldier or adventurer
2 : a novel or drama dealing with a swashbuckler

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Perhaps the most sumptuous means to explore Komodo’s primordial beauty is aboard the new Prana by Atzaro, a nine-suite, swashbuckler-style megayacht designed in homage of ancient Indonesian boat-making with five-star boutique comfort in mind. Travis Levius, Vogue, "Chasing Komodo Dragons on Indonesia’s Latest Super Yacht," 26 Apr. 2019 Finally! The official car of swashbucklers is on the way. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Lincoln Corsair to replace MKC, report says," 19 June 2018 Wearing a Spider-Man hoodie, Christian Panek, 6, admitted before getting on the Californian tall ship that his favorite films were not the Disney swashbucklers, but Harry Potter. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pirates take over Maritime Museum as part of two-day Pirate Days event," 20 May 2018 This collection of pale-faced swashbucklers moves toward the opposing ship with all the cunning of a hungry zombie. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Rum and Bones: Second Tide," 17 Mar. 2018 Moreland wants people to remember these kind of ships did far more than ferry swashbucklers. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "Meet the captains sailing tall ships into New Orleans in April," 6 Mar. 2018 His oversized college career as an undersized swashbuckler was at the heart of that. Bud Shaw, cleveland.com, "Rooting for a Johnny Manziel comeback shouldn't be so hard -- Bud Shaw's Sports Spin," 20 Jan. 2018 At the Jack o’ Lantern Jamboree during Halloween weekend, Martin taught children how to be swashbucklers at Fairyland’s pirate school. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "Yes, Oakland, there’s still a black Santa Claus at Fairyland," 15 Dec. 2017 Sagittarians are truly the pirates of the zodiac, so this Hallloween, channel your inner swashbuckler by donning classic pirate regalia. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Best Last-Minute Halloween Costume For You According to Your Zodiac Sign," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of swashbuckler

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swashbuckler

swash entry 1 + buckler

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English Language Learners Definition of swashbuckler

: a person or a character in a movie, book, etc., who is very brave and has many exciting adventures

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showing courage and determination

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