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 DePaula is decked out in a rugged winter coat, denim button-down shirt, shorts, boots, and a red scarf, like a modern-day swashbuckler. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "He bought a flower truck on Craigslist. Now it’s his lifeline during COVID-19," 12 Nov. 2020 Before Gone With the Wind, de Havilland endeared herself to audiences as the on-screen love interest of swashbuckler Errol Flynn. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "9 Olivia de Havilland movies to watch for her 104th birthday that aren’t ‘Gone with the Wind’," 1 July 2020 First published in 1894, this romantic swashbuckler turns on the striking resemblance between a likable, slightly feckless young Englishman named Rudolf Rassendyll and the utterly boorish heir to Ruritania’s throne. Michael Dirda, WSJ, "‘Ruritania: A Cultural History’ Review: Charming Realms of Derring-Do," 26 June 2020 Every year, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla—basically a group of rich, old dudes dressed up as swashbucklers—sail into downtown Tampa on a replica pirate ship and demand that the mayor hand over the key to the city and then celebrate with a parade. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Tom Brady’s Survival Guide to Tampa," 21 Mar. 2020 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

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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 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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