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visard

[viz-erd]
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  1. vizard.
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vizard

or vis·ard

[viz-erd]
noun
  1. Archaic. a mask or visor.
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Origin of vizard

1545–55; variant of visor; see -ard
Related formsviz·ard·ed, adjectiveun·viz·ard·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for visard

Historical Examples

  • A vizor (also spelt visor, visard, vizard) is a mask, “a false face.”

    Milton's Comus

    John Milton

  • He looks as pale as the visard of the ghost which cries so miserably at the Theatre, like an oyster-wife, "Hamlet, revenge!"

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams


British Dictionary definitions for visard

vizard

noun
  1. archaic, or literary a means of disguise; mask; visor
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Derived Formsvizarded, adjective

Word Origin

C16: variant of visor
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Word Origin and History for visard

vizard

n.

"mask," 1550s, altered form of vysar, viser (see visor), by influence of words in -ard. Figurative use from 1570s; common 17c. Also applied to the person with the masks, and used as a verb meaning "to conceal." Related: Vizarded; vizarding.

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