facial cosmetics.

verb (used with object)

to apply cosmetics to (the face).

Origin of fard

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French: noun derivative of farder to apply makeup, probably < Old Low Franconian *farwiđon to dye, color (compare Old High German farwjan, German färben)
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Historical Examples of fard

  • And the fard on her face seemed like the old night-crust, the bad sleep.

    Aaron's Rod

    D. H. Lawrence

  • If Fard dates cannot be obtained, select as perfect Persian dates as possible.

    Candy-Making Revolutionized

    Mary Elizabeth Hall

  • The best 'fard pour la beaut des dames' is other people's adoration.

    The Devourers

    Annie Vivanti Chartres

  • Fill them with rhubarb marmalade as for the Fard dates, but do not use the egg coating.

    Candy-Making Revolutionized

    Mary Elizabeth Hall

British Dictionary definitions for fard



archaic paint for the face, esp white paint

Word Origin for fard

C15: from Old French farder to use facial cosmetics, of Germanic origin
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