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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 fardels

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

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Historical Examples of fardels

  • He also bade them leave their fardels behind, as, if they tarried at York House, these could be easily sent after them.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Dye-stuff for white, turning to red colour, made up in fardels of fifty gautins malios, worth five to eight.

  • Then he made up his mind that the fardels must still be borne, and again went home to his lodgings.

  • There were also holders of fardels or quarter-virgates, and half-fardels, or one-eighth-virgates, and other small cottier tenants.

  • It makes me shudder to think of Lamb's Essays being carted about as if they were fardels.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion

British Dictionary definitions for fardels


  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 fardels



"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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fardels 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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