a large shield for protecting the entire body, used in the 14th through 16th cent.
also sp. pav′ise
Origin of pavisMiddle English paveis from Middle French pavaiz from Italian pavese after Pavia, Italy, where first made
A medieval shield large enough to protect the whole body.
Origin of pavisMiddle English from Old French pavais from Old Italian pavese from Pavia
- (history, medieval) A large shield carried in front to protect the whole body of the soldier.