Bayard

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[bey-erd; for 1 also French ba-yar]
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noun

Pierre Ter·rail [pyer te-ra-yuh] /pyɛr tɛˈra yə/, Sei·gneur de [se-nyœr duh] /sɛˈnyœr də/, the knight without fear and without reproach, 1473–1524, heroic French soldier.
any man of heroic courage and unstained honor.
a male given name.

Bayard

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[bey-erd]

noun

a magical legendary horse in medieval chivalric romances.
a mock-heroic name for any horse.
(lowercase) Archaic. a bay horse.

Origin of Bayard

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1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French; see bay5, -ard
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British Dictionary definitions for bayard

Bayard

1

noun

a legendary horse that figures prominently in medieval romance

Bayard

2

noun

Chevalier de (ʃəvalje də), original name Pierre de Terrail ?1473–1524, French soldier, known as le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche (the fearless and irreproachable knight)
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Word Origin and History for bayard

Bayard

n.

generic or mock-heroic name for a horse, mid-14c., from Old French Baiard, name of the bay-colored magic steed given by Charlemagne to Renaud in the legends, from Old French baiart "bay-colored" (see bay (adj.)). Also by early 14c. proverbial as a blind person or thing, for now-unknown reasons. The name later was used attributively of gentlemen of courage and integrity, in this sense from Pierre du Terrail, seigneur de Bayard (1473-1524), French knight celebrated as Chevalier sans peur et sans reproche. The surname is perhaps in reference to hair color.

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