- (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
Examples from the Web for bardic
The bardic poems are naturally, as a rule, of a lyric nature.
It is written in the bardic spirit with here and there an Ossianic touch.
This is the first instance we have of the employment of a bardic pseudonym.
In all these bardic songs Gleims influence is distinctly noticeable.
We shall notice also that the bardic machinery and Ossians imagery are not neglected.
- (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 bardic
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.