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noun Literary.
  1. a leopard or panther.

Origin of pard1

1250–1300; Middle English parde (< Old French pard) < Latin pardus < Greek párdos (masculine), derivative of párdalis (feminine); compare Old English (rare) pardus
Related formspard·ine [pahr-dahyn, -din] /ˈpɑr daɪn, -dɪn/, adjective


noun Informal.
  1. partner; companion.

Origin of pard2

1840–50, Americanism; by alteration and shortening of partner
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Examples from the Web for pard

Historical Examples

  • Say, pard, I'd a-been wearin' diamon's if I could quit when I was 'head of de game.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Red he sees my pard passing a saloon, and he says, 'Hello, where did you come from?

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • In the afternoon he returned with his pard and tools for digging.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • We'll not go gold-hunting to-day, pard, for I have something to tell you.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer

    Colonel Prentiss Ingraham

  • I know that, Pard Harding; but there is another way to look at this affair.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer

    Colonel Prentiss Ingraham

British Dictionary definitions for pard


  1. US short for pardner


  1. archaic a leopard or panther

Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin pardus, from Greek pardos
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Word Origin and History for pard


archaic form of leopard, c.1300, from Latin pardus "a male panther," from Greek pardos "male panther," from the same source (probably Iranian) as Sanskrit prdaku-s "leopard, tiger, snake," and Persian palang "panther."


1850, dialectal shortening of pardener (1795), representing a common pronunciation of partner (n.).

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