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From Middle English bukler, bokler, bokeler, bokeleer, from Old French bocler, boucler, bucler, (French bouclier) from Vulgar Latin *bucculārius (bossed), from Latin buccula (boss).


A buckler (sense 2)


buckler (plural bucklers)

  1. One who buckles something.
    • 1986, Press Summary - Illinois Information Service (page 6724)
      Bucklers will be assigned to buckle up drivers in the morning and make sure they stay buckled up.
  2. A kind of shield, of various shapes and sizes, held with a hand (usually the left) for protecting the front of the body. In the sword and buckler play of the Middle Ages in England, the buckler was a small shield, used, not to cover the body, but to stop or parry blows.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, Act II, Scene IV, line 166.
      I am eight times thrust through the doublet, four through the hose, my buckler cut through and through; my sword hacked like a hand-saw -- ecce signum!
  3. (obsolete) A shield resembling the Roman scutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22:
      The target or buckler was carried by the heavy armed foot, it answered to the scutum of the Romans; its form was sometimes that of a rectangular parallelogram, but more commonly had it's bottom rounded off; it was generally convex, being curved in it's breadth.
  4. (zoology) One of the large, bony, external plates found on many ganoid fishes.
  5. (zoology) The anterior segment of the shell of a trilobites.
  6. (nautical) A block of wood or plate of iron made to fit a hawse hole, or the circular opening in a half-port, to prevent water from entering when the vessel pitches.

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buckler (third-person singular simple present bucklers, present participle bucklering, simple past and past participle bucklered)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To shield; to defend.