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
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Goliard, gol′yard, n. a medieval monk who amused his superiors at table by merry jests.
I come uninvited, says the goliard to the bishop, ready for dinner; such is my fate, never to dine invited.A History of Caricature and Grotesque
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
Word Origin for goliard
C15: from Old French goliart glutton, from Latin gula gluttony
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