Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A light shield or buckler.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shield; buckler: same as target.
  • To delay; tarry.
  • To vex with censure; reprimand; rate.
  • To vex with questions; catechize or cross-examine strictly.
  • To keep under strict discipline.
  • noun A charter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Obs. or Poetic A shield or target.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic A small shield.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French; see target.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English targe, from Old English targa (masculine) and targe (feminine), both from Old Norse targa ("round shield") from Proto-Germanic *targōn (“edge”), from Proto-Indo-European *dArg'h- (“fenced lot”). Akin to Old High German zarga ("side wall, rim") (German Zarge ("border, frame")). Reinforced in Middle English by Old French targe (French targe), from the same Germanic source.

Examples

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  • Over Castletown front gate the rain streamed down the eroding forms of the sphinxes, down their simple faces, tautened ribs, down the gate columns embellished with bas-relief targe and drooping garland of ivy.

    - Aidan Higgins, Langrishe, Go Down

    August 28, 2008