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[bree-ahr, -ahrd]
  1. one of a French breed of dogs having a long, slightly wavy coat, raised originally for herding sheep.
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Origin of Briard

From French, dating back to 1930–35; see origin at Brie, -ard
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Historical Examples of briard

  • Briard of Ath declared he had found nothing offensive in it, after he had first been told all sorts of bad things about it.

    Erasmus and the Age of Reformation

    Johan Huizinga

  • Briard was but a moderate painter, although he did some ceilings of rather unusual conception.

    The Memoirs of Madame Vige Lebrun

    Marie Louise Elisabeth Vige-Lebrun

British Dictionary definitions for briard


  1. a medium-sized dog of an ancient French sheep-herding breed having a long rough coat of a single colour
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Word Origin for briard

French, literally: of Brie (region in N France)
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