- a person who keeps a shield over another; a defender.
- one that keeps a shield over another; ergo, a defender.
ὐπερασπίζειν, cover with a shield, ⟨ ὑπέρ, over, + ἀσπίς, a shield. Cf. hypaspist.] In Greek antiquity, person who safeguarded another involved with battling by holding a shield over him; ergo, a protector or defender.