buckler vs shield what difference

what is difference between buckler and shield



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


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbʌk.lə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbʌk.lɚ/
  • Hyphenation: buck‧ler


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.
  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.

Derived terms

  • knee-buckler



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

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



  • IPA(key): /ʃiːld/
  • Rhymes: -iːld

Etymology 1

From Middle English scheld, shelde, from Old English scield (shield), from Proto-West Germanic *skeldu, from Proto-Germanic *skelduz (shield), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kelH- (cut, split). Cognate with West Frisian skyld, Dutch schild (shield), German Schild (shield), Danish skjold (shield), Icelandic skjöldur (shield) and Faroese skjøldur (shield)

Compare Latin scūtum (shield), Irish sciath (shield), Latgalian škīda (shield), Lithuanian skydas (shield), Russian щит (ščit, shield), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewH- (to cover, protect), *skey- (to cut, split).


shield (plural shields)

  1. Anything that protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection.
    1. A broad piece of defensive armor, held in hand, formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body.
    2. (figuratively) One who protects or defends.
    3. (lichenology) In lichens, a hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci.
    4. (mining, tunnelling) A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses.
    5. (science fiction) A field of energy that protects or defends.
  2. A shape like that of a shield; usually, an inverted triangle with sides that curve inward to form a pointed bottom, commonly used for police identifications and company logos.
    1. (heraldry) The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms.
    2. (Scotland, euphemistic, obsolete) A toilet seat.
    3. A spot resembling, or having the form of a shield.
    4. (obsolete) A coin, the old French crown, or écu, having on one side the figure of a shield.
    5. (transport) A sign or symbol, usually containing numbers and sometimes letters, identifying a highway route.
    6. (colloquial, law enforcement) A police badge.
  3. (geology) A large expanse of exposed stable Precambrian rock.
    1. (geology) A wide and relatively low-profiled volcano, usually composed entirely of lava flows.
  4. (figuratively, Scotland, euphemistic, obsolete) A place with a toilet seat: an outhouse; a lavatory.
  5. (automotive, British) Parts at the front and back of a vehicle which are meant to absorb the impact of a collision
  • (place with a toilet seat): See Thesaurus:bathroom
Derived terms
  • bitch shield
  • rape shield
  • shield medick (Medicago scutellata)
  • shield wall

Etymology 2

From Middle English shelden, from Old English scildan.


shield (third-person singular simple present shields, present participle shielding, simple past and past participle shielded)

  1. To protect, to defend.
  2. (Britain, intransitive) This term needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
  3. (electricity) to protect from the influence of
Derived terms
  • beshield


  • Diehls, delish, hidels, hidles, hields, ledish, sheild

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