Origin of burd

1175–1225; Middle English burde lady, perhaps representing Old English byrde well born
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Word Origin and History for burd

poetic word for "woman, lady" in old ballads; later "young lady, maiden;" c.1200, perhaps from Old English byrde "wealthy, well-born." Or a metathesis of bryd "bride." The masculine equivalent was berne.

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