late 15c., "vagabond or beggar" (who sleeps on straw in barns), from Middle French paillard, from Old French paillart "tramp, beggar, vagabond" (13c.), from paille "straw" (see pallet (n.1); also see -ard).
- palliative care,
- palliative treatment
Examples from the Web for palliard
A Washman is called a Palliard, but not of the right making.
A Palliard is he that goeth in a patched cloke, and hys Doxy goeth in like apparell.
"Togged out to the ruffian, no doubt," said the palliard, who was incomparably the shabbiest rascal in the corps.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth