or vis·ard

  1. Archaic. a mask or visor.

Origin of vizard

1545–55; variant of visor; see -ard
Related formsviz·ard·ed, adjectiveun·viz·ard·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for visard

Historical Examples of visard

  • A vizor (also spelt visor, visard, vizard) is a mask, “a false face.”

    Milton's Comus

    John Milton

  • He looks as pale as the visard of the ghost which cries so miserably at the Theatre, like an oyster-wife, "Hamlet, revenge!"

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams

British Dictionary definitions for visard


  1. archaic, or literary a means of disguise; mask; visor
Derived Formsvizarded, adjective

Word Origin for vizard

C16: variant of visor
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Word Origin and History for visard



"mask," 1550s, altered form of vysar, viser (see visor), by influence of words in -ard. Figurative use from 1570s; common 17c. Also applied to the person with the masks, and used as a verb meaning "to conceal." Related: Vizarded; vizarding.

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