[ gohl-yerd ]
/ ˈgoʊl yərd /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

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.

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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/ (ˈɡəʊljəd) /


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
Derived Formsgoliardic (ɡəʊlˈjɑːdɪk), adjective

Word Origin for goliard

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