Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. ⟨
ὐπερασπίζειν, cover with a shield, ⟨ ὑπέρ, over, + ἀσπίς, a shield. Cf. hypaspist.] In Greek antiquity, one who protected another engaged in fighting by holding a shield over him; hence, a protector or defender.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete One who holds a shield over another; hence, a defender.
- Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)
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