Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A medieval shield large enough to protect the whole body.

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  • n. A large shield carried in front to protect the whole body of the soldier.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large heavy oblong shield covering the whole body, carried by a pavisor, who sometimes also screened an archer with it. It was originally carried but sometimes set up in permanent position.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Middle Ages) a large heavy oblong shield protecting the whole body; originally carried but sometimes set up in permanent position

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French pavais, from Old Italian pavese, from Pavia .

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