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

Examples of swashbuckler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leach, the former Texas Tech coach known for revolutionizing offense, romanticizing swashbucklers and wandering down tangents, is not going to win championships at Mississippi State. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "As the coaching doors spin, retreads are all too familiar," 9 Jan. 2020 This 2003 swashbuckler based on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean theme-park ride grossed $654 million worldwide, making Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom into movie stars. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," 12 Nov. 2019 The Mask of Zorro (1998) After Desperado, Rodriguez’s next planned project was a revival of the classic Hollywood swashbuckler Zorro, with Banderas in the lead role and Steven Spielberg producing. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Antonio Banderas Is One of the Best Movie Stars of His Generation," 27 Sep. 2019 As governor of Jamaica, buccaneer Henry Morgan sends a swashbuckler to capture renegade pirates. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Afterward, Haynes didn’t cultivate an image of hero as solo swashbuckler. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Before Capt. Sully, there was hero pilot Al Haynes," 29 Aug. 2019 Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland starred in other swashbucklers, but the glorious color and perfect casting (Rathbone never won a sword fight, but looked great losing) hit the bull's-eye just like its archer hero. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Essential movies of the 1930s and '40s, from 'King Kong' to 'The Heiress'," 15 Aug. 2019 Pirates Cove Playground has a huge pirate ship for buccaneer and swashbuckler adventures. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "Beat the heat: South Florida’s best water parks, pools, splash parks," 23 July 2019 His most popular characters include Solomon Kane, a gun-slinging Puritan; Kull, a swashbuckler from Atlantis; and Bran Mak Morn, a Pictish warlord who battled the Romans in ancient Britain. John J. Miller, National Review, "The Fantastic Robert E. Howard," 11 July 2019

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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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26 Jan 2020

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“Swashbuckler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swashbuckler. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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