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[fahrd] /fɑrd/ Archaic.
facial cosmetics.
verb (used with object)
to apply cosmetics to (the face).
Origin of fard
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French: noun derivative of farder to apply makeup, probably < Old Low Franconian *farwiđon to dye, color (compare Old High German farwjan, German färben) Unabridged
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  • And the fard on her face seemed like the old night-crust, the bad sleep.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • If fard dates cannot be obtained, select as perfect Persian dates as possible.

    Candy-Making Revolutionized Mary Elizabeth Hall
  • The best 'fard pour la beaut des dames' is other people's adoration.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • Fill them with rhubarb marmalade as for the fard dates, but do not use the egg coating.

    Candy-Making Revolutionized Mary Elizabeth Hall
British Dictionary definitions for fard


(archaic) paint for the face, esp white paint
Word Origin
C15: from Old French farder to use facial cosmetics, of Germanic origin
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