EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Archaic a mask or visor. Origin of vizard 1545–55;
-ard Related forms viz·ard·ed, adjective un·viz·ard·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vizard Historical Examples of vizard
She is some
vizard Miss that ought to be sitting in the slips, I'll be sworn.
I defy the Old Enemy to unmask me when I choose to keep my
Why, your daughter there, is Mr.
Vizard's—cousin, I suppose.
Vizard sent it, with his humble service to your ladyship.
The city has its
vizard on and we—at night we are our naked selves. British Dictionary definitions for vizard noun archaic, or literary a means of disguise; mask; visor Derived Forms vizarded, adjective Word Origin for vizard
C16: variant of
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Word Origin and History for vizard n.
"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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