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[bahr-doh] /ˈbɑr doʊ/
noun, plural bardos. (often initial capital letter)
(in Lamaism) the state of the soul between death and rebirth.
Origin of bardo
First recorded in 1625-30, bardo is from the Tibetan word bár-do , “between two” (i.e., a transition, intermediate state) Unabridged
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  • Still bardo was silent, and his silence was never again broken.

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  • bardo shook his head, and smiled with a bitter sort of pity.

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  • “True, child,” said bardo, touched on a chord that was sure to respond.

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  • bardo had already addressed Tito in this way once or twice of late.

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  • Up ahead bardo forced Charlie Fischer to swing the plane off the transcontinental airway.

  • “Get out,” repeated bardo, his black eyes snapping, and they hastened to obey.

  • bardo appeared to be a flyer of above average ability for he handled the large plane easily.

  • For fully an hour they went on and then bardo brought the transport down on a long shingle of sand.

  • They passed close enough to the beach to see bardo and his two fellow kidnapers run from the cabin.

British Dictionary definitions for bardo


noun (often capital)
(in Tibetan Buddhism) the state of the soul between its death and its rebirth
Word Origin
Tibetan bardo between two
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Contemporary definitions for bardo

in Tibetan Buddhism, the state between death and rebirth which varies between 7-49 days depending on the person's conduct in the previous life and their age at and manner of death

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Tibetan 'between the two, inbetween state''s 21st Century Lexicon
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