bard

1
[ bahrd ]
/ bɑrd /

noun

(formerly) a person who composed and recited epic or heroic poems, often while playing the harp, lyre, or the like.
one of an ancient Celtic order of composers and reciters of poetry.
any poet.
the bard, William Shakespeare.

Origin of bard

1
1400–50; late Middle English < Celtic; compare Irish, Scots Gaelic bard, Welsh bardd, Breton barz < Indo-European *gwrs-do-s singer, akin to Albanian grisha (I) invited (to a wedding)

Related forms

bard·ic, adjectivebard·ish, bard·like, adjectivebard·ship, noun

Definition for bard (2 of 2)

bard

2
[ bahrd ]
/ bɑrd /

noun

Armor. any of various pieces of defensive armor for a horse.
Cookery. a thin slice of fat or bacon secured to a roast of meat or poultry to prevent its drying out while cooking.

verb (used with object)

Armor. to caparison with bards.
Cookery. to secure thin slices of fat or bacon to (a roast of meat or poultry) before cooking.
Also barde (for defs 1, 3).

Origin of bard

2
1470–80; < Middle French barde < Southern Italian barda armor for a horse < Arabic bardaʿah packsaddle < Persian pardah covering
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British Dictionary definitions for bard (1 of 3)

bard

1
/ (bɑːd) /

noun

  1. (formerly) one of an ancient Celtic order of poets who recited verses about the exploits, often legendary, of their tribes
  2. (in modern times) a poet who wins a verse competition at a Welsh eisteddfod
archaic, or literary any poet, esp one who writes lyric or heroic verse or is of national importance

Derived Forms

bardic, adjectivebardism, noun

Word Origin for bard

C14: from Scottish Gaelic; related to Welsh bardd

British Dictionary definitions for bard (2 of 3)

bard

2

barde

/ (bɑːd) /

noun

a piece of larding bacon or pork fat placed on game or lean meat during roasting to prevent drying out
an ornamental caparison for a horse

verb (tr)

to place a bard on

Word Origin for bard

C15: from Old French barde, from Old Italian barda, from Arabic barda`ah packsaddle

British Dictionary definitions for bard (3 of 3)

Bard

/ (bɑːd) /

noun

the Bard an epithet of William Shakespeare
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