Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Words You've Been Using Wrong

bollard

[bol-erd] /ˈbɒl ərd/
noun
1.
Nautical.
  1. a thick, low post, usually of iron or steel, mounted on a wharf or the like, to which mooring lines from vessels are attached.
  2. a small post to which lines are attached.
  3. bitt (def 1).
2.
British. one of a series of short posts for excluding or diverting motor vehicles from a road, lawn, or the like.
Origin of bollard
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; bole1 + -ard
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for bollard
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for bollard

bollard

/ˈbɒlɑːd; ˈbɒləd/
noun
1.
a strong wooden or metal post mounted on a wharf, quay, etc, used for securing mooring lines
2.
(Brit) a small post or marker placed on a kerb or traffic island to make it conspicuous to motorists
3.
(mountaineering) an outcrop of rock or pillar of ice that may be used to belay a rope
Word Origin
C14: perhaps from bole1 + -ard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bollard
n.

1844, originally a post for fixing mooring ropes; since 1948, usually a traffic control device; probably from bole + suffix -ard.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for bollard

Word Value for bollard

10
13
Scrabble Words With Friends