bard

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

Origin of bard

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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 formsbard·ic, adjectivebard·ish, bard·like, adjectivebard·ship, noun
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Examples from the Web for bardic

Historical Examples of bardic

  • The bardic poems are naturally, as a rule, of a lyric nature.

    Ossian in Germany

    Rudolf Tombo

  • It is written in the bardic spirit with here and there an Ossianic touch.

    Ossian in Germany

    Rudolf Tombo

  • This is the first instance we have of the employment of a bardic pseudonym.

    Ossian in Germany

    Rudolf Tombo

  • In all these bardic songs Gleims influence is distinctly noticeable.

    Ossian in Germany

    Rudolf Tombo

  • We shall notice also that the bardic machinery and Ossians imagery are not neglected.

    Ossian in Germany

    Rudolf Tombo


British Dictionary definitions for bardic

bard

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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
  1. archaic, or literary any poet, esp one who writes lyric or heroic verse or is of national importance
Derived Formsbardic, adjectivebardism, noun

Word Origin for bard

C14: from Scottish Gaelic; related to Welsh bardd

bard

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barde

noun
  1. a piece of larding bacon or pork fat placed on game or lean meat during roasting to prevent drying out
  2. an ornamental caparison for a horse
verb (tr)
  1. to place a bard on

Word Origin for bard

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

Bard

noun
  1. the Bard an epithet of William Shakespeare
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Word Origin and History for bardic
adj.

1775, from bard + -ic.

bard

n.

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.

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