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noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. a young lady; maiden.
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Origin of burd

1175–1225; Middle English burde lady, perhaps representing Old English byrde well born
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Examples from the Web for burd

Historical Examples

  • You call yourself the son of Burd, though you are the son of another man.

    A Boswell of Baghdad

    E. V. Lucas

  • Hector the hound recognises Burd Isbel after years of separation.

  • We suddenly realise how little there was to amuse the Burd Isbels of yore.

  • I vow she would fain have a burd That bids such a price for an owl.

  • These dogs belonged to Burd Isbel, and they were her special pets.

    Tales From Scottish Ballads

    Elizabeth W. Grierson

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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