from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic A light shield or buckler.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small shield.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A shield or target.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. A charter.
Middle English, from Old French; see target.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)