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.