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noun Scot.
  1. a shelter; refuge.
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Origin of bield

1400–50; late Middle English (Scots) beld(e), beild, apparently to be identified with Middle English beild courage, power, aid, Old English bieldo boldness; akin to Gothic balthei confidence. See bold
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Historical Examples of bield

  • In another minute he was forth into the storm, pursuing what remained of his long march to Pindar's Bield.

    J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 3

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  • Sae speaking, he sped rath frae the bield, and was sune lost i' the glunch shadows o' the mirk night.

  • This grange lay within Grasmere parish, as does the field below Bield, where tradition asserts the chapel to have stood.

  • Ye lie on your wame a bittie in the bield of this wood, and ye tell me that ye've cuist off these Frasers and Macgregors.

    David Balfour, Second Part

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Fo'k should bow to the bush they get bield frae, but take care o' lying ower near the laiggens o't.

British Dictionary definitions for bield


  1. a shelter; house
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  1. to shelter or take shelter
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Word Origin for bield

Old English bieldo, byldo boldness (hence: refuge); related to Gothic balthei, Old English beald bold
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