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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Definitions for fard

  1. Archaic. to apply cosmetics to (the face).
  2. Archaic. facial cosmetics.

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Citations for fard
... he frisles and he fards, / He oynts, he bathes, his visage he regards ... Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas, translated by Thomas Hudson, The Historie of Judith, 1584
"Nay, but," said Macbriar, "ye handle this matter too tenderly; nor will my conscience permit me to fard or daub over the causes of divine wrath." Sir Walter Scott, Old Mortality, 1816
Origin of fard
1400-1450
Fard was in use in late Middle English and stems from the Middle/Old French term farder meaning "to apply makeup."