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Definition of "buckler" [buc•kler]

  • A small, round shield either carried or worn on the arm. (noun)
  • A means of protection; a defense: "has enjoyed a reputation as a shield and buckler for . . . the academic avant-garde” ( Donal Henahan). (noun)
  • To shield; protect. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "buckler" in a sentence
  • "His buckler was a potlid, his lance a hop-pole shod with iron, and a basket-hilt broadsword, like that of Hudibras, depended by a broad buff belt, that girded his middle."
  • "Posidonius writes, that Fabius was called the buckler,"
  • "What tends strongly to confirm this view, that the buckler was the model for the coin, is the fact that for a long time Macedonian coins were finished upon the obverse, in imitation of the national shield."