[ bol-erd ]
/ ˈbɒl ərd /


  1. a thick, low post, usually of iron or steel, mounted on a wharf or the like, to which mooring lines from vessels are attached.
  2. a small post to which lines are attached.
  3. bitt(def 1).
British. one of a series of short posts for excluding or diverting motor vehicles from a road, lawn, or the like.

Origin of bollard

First recorded in 1835–45; bole1 + -ard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bollard


/ (ˈbɒlɑːd, ˈbɒləd) /


a strong wooden or metal post mounted on a wharf, quay, etc, used for securing mooring lines
British a small post or marker placed on a kerb or traffic island to make it conspicuous to motorists
mountaineering an outcrop of rock or pillar of ice that may be used to belay a rope

Word Origin for bollard

C14: perhaps from bole 1 + -ard
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