or vis·ard



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 vizard

Historical Examples of vizard

  • She is some vizard Miss that ought to be sitting in the slips, I'll be sworn.

    Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • I defy the Old Enemy to unmask me when I choose to keep my vizard on.

    The Abbot

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Why, your daughter there, is Mr. Vizard's—cousin, I suppose.

    The Constant Couple

    George Farquhar

  • Mr. Vizard sent it, with his humble service to your ladyship.

    The Constant Couple

    George Farquhar

  • The city has its vizard on and we—at night we are our naked selves.

    Dramatic Technique

    George Pierce Baker

British Dictionary definitions for vizard



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 vizard

"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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