a round shield held by a grip and sometimes having straps through which the arm is passed.
any means of defense; protection.
verb (used with object)
to be a shield to; support; defend.

1250–1300; Middle English bokeler < Anglo-French, Middle French bocler, equivalent to bocle boss2 + -er -er2

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buckler (ˈbʌklə)
1.  a small round shield worn on the forearm or held by a short handle
2.  a means of protection; defence
3.  archaic (tr) to defend
[C13: from Old French bocler, from bocle shield boss; see buckle, boss²]

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Word Origin & History

"small, round shield used to ward off blows," c.1300, from O.Fr. boucler (12c., Mod.Fr. bouclier), from L. *buccularius (adj.) "having a boss," from buccula (see buckle (v.)).
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Buckler definition

(1.) A portable shield (2 Sam. 22:31; 1 Chr. 5:18). (2.) A shield surrounding the person; the targe or round form; used once figuratively (Ps. 91:4). (3.) A large shield protecting the whole body (Ps. 35:2; Ezek. 23:24; 26:8). (4.) A lance or spear; improperly rendered "buckler" in the Authorized Version (1 Chr. 12:8), but correctly in the Revised Version "spear." The leather of shields required oiling (2 Sam. 1:21; Isa. 21:5), so as to prevent its being injured by moisture. Copper (= "brass") shields were also in use (1 Sam. 17:6; 1 Kings 14:27). Those spoken of in 1 Kings 10:16, etc.; 14:26, were probably of massive metal. The shields David had taken from his enemies were suspended in the temple as mementoes (2 Kings 11:10). (See ARMOUR ØT0000315, SHIELD.)

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Example sentences
Buckler struck the outside barrier and died at the scene.
Buckler was found guilty of having operated the motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
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