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 Douglas Fairbanks stars in this thrilling 1926 silent-era swashbuckler presented with live organ accompaniment. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 And this week, the streamer kept that trend going with the release of this swashbuckler of a movie. Andy Meek, BGR, 13 Mar. 2022 Korean-language library is a 2-hour swashbuckler, of a sort that feels a bit unusual for the streamer. Andy Meek, BGR, 10 Mar. 2022 Once the movie star got replaced by the IP and the the marquee character, well, that’s why even Pixar is centering their outer-space swashbuckler around Buzz Lightyear. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 This double bill of films co-starring the late Norman Lloyd pairs Alfred Hitchcock’s black-and-white 1942 espionage thriller, featuring Robert Cummings, with Jacques Tourneur’s Technicolor 1950 swashbuckler starring Burt Lancaster. Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2021 There’s a less-cynical (but no less depressing) case to be made that Pixar just wanted to make a mega-budget outer-space swashbuckler and went with a marquee character for understandable commercial reasons. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 In the 1938 classic The Adventures of Robin Hood, Robin Hood is a happy iconoclast, meting out his form of social and political justice with the cheerful irreverence and deft strokes of Errol Flynn, cinema’s premier swashbuckler. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 15 Oct. 2021 Retroformat Silent Films presents an online screening of this silent 1920 swashbuckler starring Douglas Fairbanks. Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Swashbuckler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swashbuckler. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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