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beard

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noun \ˈbird\

Simple Definition of beard

  • : the hair that grows on a man's cheeks and chin

  • : the long hair that grows on the chin of some animals

Full Definition of beard

  1. 1 :  the hair that grows on a man's face often excluding the mustache

  2. 2 :  a hairy or bristly appendage or tuft

  3. 3 :  front 7a

beard·ed play \ˈbir-dəd\ adjective
beard·ed·ness noun
beard·less play \ˈbird-ləs\ adjective

Examples of beard

  1. He grew a beard and mustache.

  2. the beard of a goat



Origin of beard

Middle English berd, from Old English beard; akin to Old High German bart beard, Latin barba


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with beard


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beard

verb

Definition of beard

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to confront and oppose with boldness, resolution, and often effrontery :  defy

  3. 2 :  to furnish with a beard



Examples of beard

  1. <a man of integrity who was never afraid to beard the lion in his den>



15th Century

First Known Use of beard

15th century


Beard

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biographical name \ˈbird\

Definition of Beard

  1. Charles Austin 1874–1948 & his wife Mary 1876–1958 née Ritter Am. historians




Beard

biographical name

Definition of Beard

  1. Daniel Carter 1850–1941 Am. painter, illustrator, & organizer of Boy Scouts in United States




Medical Dictionary

beard

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noun \ˈbi(ə)rd\

Medical Definition of beard

  1. :  the hair that grows on a man's face often excluding the mustache

  2. beard·ed \-əd\play adjective





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