- (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 bard1
- 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.
- Armor. to caparison with bards.
- Cookery. to secure thin slices of fat or bacon to (a roast of meat or poultry) before cooking.
Origin of bard2
Examples from the Web for bard
But Lois Leveen, author of the novel 'Juliet's Nurse,' says good things happen when authors brazenly borrow from the Bard.Book Bag: 5 Novels Shakespeare Sort of Wrote
October 10, 2014
Maybe you managed not to cringe at his take on the Bard in Shakespeare in Love, making you a stronger person than most.Ben Affleck Delivers the Best Performance of His Career in ‘Gone Girl’
October 2, 2014
The Kentucky bard Ed McClanahan once lived in California, where among various endeavors he played Boswell to the Grateful Dead.The Stacks: Grateful Dead I Have Known
August 30, 2014
Complete Works shows modern audiences that the Bard is still appealing.Shakespeare Comes to Hulu with ‘Complete Works’
June 11, 2014
Leave it to the Bard to remind you just how all-consuming (and deadly) a serious relationship can be.9 New Movies to Stream on Netflix This June
The Daily Beast
June 9, 2014
The bard had come to see whether the stories about the harp were true or not.
The bard could no more stop his weary legs than could the other lunatics.
Of this the Bard remarks “ni mad,” it was not honourable, “non bene.”Y Gododin
Chaise was scarcely a bard, but a singer of the songs of bards.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
"You hadn't fancy for it, my good fellow," said the bard, angry again.John Splendid
- (formerly) one of an ancient Celtic order of poets who recited verses about the exploits, often legendary, of their tribes
- (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
- 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
- to place a bard on
- the Bard an epithet of William Shakespeare
Word Origin and History for bard
mid-15c., from Scottish, from Old Celtic bardos "poet, singer," from PIE root *gwer- "to lift up the voice, praise." In historical times, a term of contempt among the Scots (who considered them itinerant troublemakers), but one of great respect among the Welsh.
All vagabundis, fulis, bardis, scudlaris, and siclike idill pepill, sall be brint on the cheek. [local Scottish ordinance, c.1500]
Subsequently idealized by Scott in the more ancient sense of "lyric poet, singer." Poetic use of the word in English is from Greek bardos, Latin bardus, both from Gaulish.