- 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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- the poems of the goliards
- 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
C15: from Old French goliart glutton, from Latin gula gluttony
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