swash·​buck·​ler ˈswäsh-ˌbə-klər How to pronounce swashbuckler (audio)
: a swaggering or daring soldier or adventurer
: a novel or drama dealing with a swashbuckler

Examples of swashbuckler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most people think of pirates and pirating as a chaotic endeavor with every swashbuckler in it for themselves. WIRED, 26 Oct. 2023 Play the stylish swashbuckler instead with this deluxe men’s pirate costume, which with a flocked damask vest, a collared shirt with faux leather cuffs, a suede belt, a faux leather hat, an eye patch and a faux silver and bronze dagger. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Oct. 2023 However, the first Pirates of the Caribbean film launched an entire franchise, featuring Johnny Depp as the charismatic swashbuckler Jack Sparrow. Angel Madison, Country Living, 6 June 2023 By the mid-1930s, Warner Bros. had hired Korngold to create the first of several film scores for historical dramas and swashbuckler movies, and his Hollywood commitments provided a vital escape hatch as the Nazi invasion of Austria put all Jews in the country at risk. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2023 Named after the infamous swashbuckler’s mask, the Zorro motif was first introduced to the Top Time collection in the ’60s. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 22 June 2023 To all the Robinson Crusoes and Counts of Monte Cristo add Marian Graves, a towheaded tomboy who lives as many lives as any great swashbuckler: teenage rumrunner in Prohibition-era Montana, pilot behind enemy lines in WWII Europe — even muse to modern-day Hollywood. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 9 Dec. 2021 Alberto is a classic Huck Finn type, a freckled swashbuckler and cheerful fount of misinformation. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 18 June 2021 Legend has it, the island was named after the mythical Spanish swashbuckler José Gaspar (nicknamed Gasparilla), who terrorized the waters during Florida’s second Spanish period. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


swash entry 1 + buckler

First Known Use

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of swashbuckler was in 1560

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“Swashbuckler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swashbuckler. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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swash·​buck·​ler ˈswäsh-ˌbək-lər How to pronounce swashbuckler (audio)
: a swaggering or daring soldier or adventurer
also : a story or movie about such a man
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