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noun Telecommunications.
  1. a unit used to measure the speed of signaling or data transfer, equal to the number of pulses or bits per second: baud rate.
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Origin of baud

1925–30; named after J. M. E. Baudot (1845–1903), French inventor
Can be confusedbaud bawd
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Related Words for baud

bandwidth, baud

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Historical Examples of baud

  • I didna gae slapdash to them wi' our young bra' bridegroom, to gar them baud up the market.

    Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete

    Sir Walter Scott

  • I am sure I am no to baud out for ever against this sort of going on; but when folk's missed, then they are moaned.'

  • "Baud mens, sahib," said Tippoo, clutching his forehead with one hand and bowing forward.

    Motor Matt's Clue

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • She dwells in the wilds of the Baud State and is supposed to fulfil all the desires of the Sudhs.

  • They had been ambushed scarce four hours from Quebec by a baud of marauding Oneidas.

    The Grey Cloak

    Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for baud


  1. a unit used to measure the speed of electronic code transmissions, equal to one unit interval per second
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Word Origin for baud

C20: named after J. M. E. Baudot (1845–1903), French inventor
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Word Origin and History for baud


1932, originally a unit of speed in telegraphy, coined in French in 1929 in honor of French inventor and engineer Jean-Maurice-Émile Baudot (1845-1903), who designed a telegraph printing system.

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