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goliard

[gohl-yerd]
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noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. one of a class of wandering scholar-poets in Germany, France, and England, chiefly in the 12th and 13th centuries, noted as the authors of satirical Latin verse written in celebration of conviviality, sensual pleasures, etc.
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Origin of goliard

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French goliart, goliard drunkard, glutton, equivalent to gole throat (French geule)+ -ard -ard
Related formsgol·iar·der·y [gohl-yahr-duh-ree] /goʊlˈyɑr də ri/, noungol·iar·dic, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Goliard, gol′yard, n. a medieval monk who amused his superiors at table by merry jests.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)

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  • I come uninvited, says the goliard to the bishop, ready for dinner; such is my fate, never to dine invited.


British Dictionary definitions for goliard

goliard

noun
  1. one of a number of wandering scholars in 12th- and 13th-century Europe famed for their riotous behaviour, intemperance, and composition of satirical and ribald Latin verse
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Derived Formsgoliardic (ɡəʊlˈjɑːdɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French goliart glutton, from Latin gula gluttony
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