Definition of swashbuckler in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈswɒʃbʌklə/


1A swashbuckling person: he was an explorer and something of a swashbuckler
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  • But there is something very romantic about the notion of the pirate that remains to this day: The skill of two swashbucklers battling on the deck of a ship, the hunt for buried treasure and the thrill of lawlessness.
  • He embodies what remains the rather sad refrain of many swashbucklers in the Valley: a technologist who achieves success but alienates himself from the thrill of invention and love of family.
  • It was an opportunity to fulfil a boyhood fantasy to mix it with swashbucklers.
1.1A film or book portraying a swashbuckling person: two swashbucklers featuring kilted warriors are due to fill cinemas this year
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  • Screenwriters, past and present, with occasional exceptions, are the true for-hire workers in film: a swashbuckler one time, a weepy the next, and who-knows-what to follow.
  • So if you're looking for a good swashbuckler type of film, go and get The Adventures of Robin Hood or Captain Blood.
  • The film is Robin Hood with Errol Flynn - a real swashbuckler.


Mid 16th century: from swash1 + buckler.

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