- the growth of hair on the face of an adult man, often including a mustache.
- Zoology. a tuft, growth, or part resembling or suggesting a human beard, as the tuft of long hairs on the lower jaw of a goat or the cluster of hairlike feathers at the base of the bill in certain birds.
- Botany. a tuft or growth of awns or the like, as on wheat or barley.
- a barb or catch on an arrow, fishhook, knitting needle, crochet needle, etc.
- Also called bevel neck. Printing.
- the sloping part of a type that connects the face with the shoulder of the body.
- British.the space on a type between the bottom of the face of an x-high character and the edge of the body, comprising both beard and shoulder.
- the cross stroke on the stem of a capital G.
- to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of: The hoodlums bearded the old man.
- to oppose boldly; defy: It took courage for the mayor to beard the pressure groups.
- to supply with a beard.
Origin of beard
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- Charles Austin,1874–1948, and his wife Mary, 1876–1958, U.S. historians.
- Daniel Carter,1850–1941, U.S. artist and naturalist: organized the Boy Scouts of America in 1910.
- James Andrew,1903–85, U.S. cooking teacher and food writer.
Examples from the Web for beard
Between 25 and 30, you’re trying to decide how much longer before you start growing a beard and calling yourself ‘Daddy.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic
January 9, 2015
In the video his face is a little thinner, his beard ever so slightly longer.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
“It seems that the different standard is (based on) the length of the beard and outwardly display of piety,” Hamdani said.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy
December 21, 2014
Hauchard converted to Islam in high school at 17, and is said to have suddenly begun wearing a beard and djellaba.Showing the Faces of Its Murderers, ISIS Shows Its Global Reach
November 18, 2014
One of them fetched Manuel, nicknamed Barba (Spanish for beard), who was, of course, clean shaven.Cocaine, Politicians and Wives: Inside the World’s Most Bizarre Prison
October 12, 2014
The hands of Hank Rainer fell suddenly, but now lower than his beard.Way of the Lawless
I would not let the smallest child stroke his father's beard roughly.Weighed and Wanting
In his father's face this could not be detected, on account of the beard.Rico and Wiseli
Look you, Sir; a beard is something in itself; a beard is half the doctor.The Imaginary Invalid
Remembering her map Kingozi's lips compressed under his beard.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- the hair growing on the lower parts of a man's face
- any similar growth in animals
- a tuft of long hairs in plants such as barley and wheat; awn
- the gills of an oyster
- a barb, as on an arrow or fish-hook
- slang a woman who accompanies a homosexual man to give the impression that he is heterosexual
- printing the part of a piece of type that connects the face with the shoulder
- to oppose boldly or impertinently
- to pull or grasp the beard of
Word Origin and History for beard
Old English beard "beard," from West Germanic *barthaz (cf. Old Frisian berd, Middle Dutch baert, Old High German bart, German bart), seemingly from PIE *bhardh-a- "beard" (cf. Old Church Slavonic brada, Lithuanian barzda, and perhaps Latin barba "beard").
The Greek and Roman Churches have long disputed about the beard. While the Romanists have at different times practised shaving, the Greeks, on the contrary, have strenuously defended the cause of long beards. Leo III. (795 AD) was the first shaved Pope. Pope Gregory IV., after the lapse of only 30 years, fulminated a Bull against bearded priests. In the 12th century the prescription of the beard was extended to the laity. Pope Honorius III. to disguise his disfigured lip, allowed his beard to grow. Henry I. of England was so much moved by a sermon directed against his beard that he resigned it to the barber. Frederick Barbarossa is said to have been equally tractable. [Tom Robinson, M.D., "Beards," "St. James's Magazine," 1881]
Pubic hair sense is from 1600s (but cf. neþir berd "pubic hair," late 14c.); in the 1811 "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," the phrase beard-splitter is defined as, "A man much given to wenching" (see beaver).
c.1300, "to grow or have a beard," from beard (n.). The sense of "confront boldly and directly" is from Middle English phrases such as rennen in berd "oppose openly" (c.1200), reproven in the berd "to rebuke directly and personally" (c.1400), on the same notion as modern slang get in (someone's) face. Related: Bearded; bearding.
- A tuft or group of hairs or bristles on certain plants, such as barley and wheat. The individual strands of a beard are attached to a sepal or petal.