A light shield or buckler.
(old poet., obs.) A shield or buckler.
Other Word Forms
Origin of targe
- Middle English from Old French target
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English targe, from Old English targa (masculine) and targe (feminine), both from Old Norse targa (“round shield") from Proto-Germanic *targÇ (“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.