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pard1

[pahrd]
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noun Literary.
  1. a leopard or panther.
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Origin of pard1

1250–1300; Middle English parde (< Old French pard) < Latin pardus < Greek párdos (masculine), derivative of párdalis (feminine); compare Old English (rare) pardus
Related formspard·ine [pahr-dahyn, -din] /ˈpɑr daɪn, -dɪn/, adjective

pard2

[pahrd]
noun Informal.
  1. partner; companion.
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Origin of pard2

1840–50, Americanism; by alteration and shortening of partner
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Examples from the Web for pards

Historical Examples

  • Them Wolfville pards of mine is one an' all United States men.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • You got to show me a deal with more in it, before you talk about a shift of pards.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • The six pards stared at Colorado Jim in gasping silence for some time.

    Blazed Trail Stories

    Stewart Edward White

  • "Howdy, pards," he said, with an assumption of the cowboy manner.

  • Give your weapons to one of your pards there, directed Merry.


British Dictionary definitions for pards

pard1

noun
  1. US short for pardner
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pard2

noun
  1. archaic a leopard or panther
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Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin pardus, from Greek pardos
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Word Origin and History for pards

pard

n.1

archaic form of leopard, c.1300, from Latin pardus "a male panther," from Greek pardos "male panther," from the same source (probably Iranian) as Sanskrit prdaku-s "leopard, tiger, snake," and Persian palang "panther."

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pard

n.2

1850, dialectal shortening of pardener (1795), representing a common pronunciation of partner (n.).

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