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noun Archaic.
  1. a bundle; burden.
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Origin of fardel

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Old Provençal, equivalent to fard(a) bundle (≪ Arabic fardah load) + -el < Latin -ellus; see -elle
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Related Words for fardel

transportation, shipping, carriage, consignment, shipment, payload, merchandise, load, lading, encumbrance, weight, wares, bulk, haul, conveyance, ballast, burden, contents, pack, fardel

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British Dictionary definitions for fardel


  1. archaic a bundle or burden
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Word Origin for fardel

C13: from Old French farde, ultimately from Arabic fardah
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Word Origin and History for fardel


"bundle, burden," c.1300, from Old French fardel (13c., Modern French fardeau) "parcel, package, small pack," diminutive of farde, perhaps from Arabic fardah "package."

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fardel in Medicine


  1. A measurement used in genetic counseling to determine the penalty incurred as a result of the occurrence of a genetic disease in an individual.
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