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or visard

[viz-erd] /ˈvɪz ərd/
Archaic. a mask or visor.
Origin of vizard
1545-55; variant of visor; see -ard
Related forms
vizarded, adjective
unvizarded, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vizard
Historical Examples
  • She is some vizard Miss that ought to be sitting in the slips, I'll be sworn.

    Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • I defy the Old Enemy to unmask me when I choose to keep my vizard on.

    The Abbot Sir Walter Scott
  • Why, your daughter there, is Mr. vizard's—cousin, I suppose.

    The Constant Couple

    George Farquhar
  • Mr. vizard sent it, with his humble service to your ladyship.

    The Constant Couple

    George Farquhar
  • The city has its vizard on and we—at night we are our naked selves.

    Dramatic Technique

    George Pierce Baker
  • Love himself wore a vizard, and the dances were very slow and stately.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • "You need not publish our private transactions, Ned," said vizard.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • "Curious place for his reverence to be in," hazarded vizard.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • As for vizard, by the time they got to Homburg he had made up his mind.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • Zoe blushed at all this, and said to vizard, "I should like to see the other rooms."

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for vizard


(archaic or literary) a means of disguise; mask; visor
Derived Forms
vizarded, adjective
Word Origin
C16: variant of visor
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Word Origin and History for vizard

"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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