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[plak-ahrd, -erd] /ˈplæk ɑrd, -ərd/
a paperboard sign or notice, as one posted in a public place or carried by a demonstrator or picketer.
Armor. placate2 .
verb (used with object)
to display placards on or in:
The square was placarded by peace marchers.
to publicize, announce, or advertise by means of placards.
to post as a placard.
Origin of placard
1475-85; < Middle French. See plaque, -ard
Related forms
placarder, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for placarding
Historical Examples
  • This first placarding of one's name is a peculiar and mixed sensation.

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • There was now nothing but placarding and counter-placarding.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • Not an opinion of her own, but a placarding of authorized figures for consideration.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan
  • After this date the expenses did not reach 20,000 francs a week, the expenses of placarding included.

  • The system of appealing to the people by placarding the walls has been very far developed in China.

    Intimate China Mrs. Archibald Little
  • Order hereby given for the printing and placarding of this sentence, in such places as shall be judged fit.

British Dictionary definitions for placarding


a printed or written notice for public display; poster
a small plaque or card
verb (transitive)
to post placards on or in
to publicize or advertise by placards
to display as a placard
Word Origin
C15: from Old French plaquart, from plaquier to plate, lay flat; see plaque
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Word Origin and History for placarding



late 15c., "formal document authenticated by an affixed seal," from Middle French placquard "official document with a large, flat seal," also "plate of armor," from Old French plaquier "to lay on, cover up, plaster over," from Middle Dutch placken "to patch (a garment), to plaster," related to Middle High German placke "patch, stain," German Placken "spot, patch." Meaning "poster" first recorded 1550s in English; this sense is in Middle French from 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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