verb (used with object)
  1. 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 farded

  • In either case Old Mole felt that he had something definite to deal with, genuine feeling and no farded copy of it.

    Old Mole

    Gilbert Cannan

British Dictionary definitions for farded


  1. 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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