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verb \ˈfärd\

Definition of fard

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to paint (the face) with cosmetics

  3. 2 archaic :  to gloss over

fard noun, archaic

Did You Know?

Though a relatively uncommon little word, fard is used to describe a very familiar activity-the application of cosmetics. When it is encountered these days it is often in participle form or simply as an example of an unusual or old-timey word. Fard was borrowed from Anglo-French (from the verb farder) and first appeared in English in the mid-1400s. It is ultimately of Germanic origin and akin to the Old High German word faro, meaning "colored."

Origin of fard

Middle English, from Anglo-French farder, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German faro colored — more at perch

First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with fard

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tending to dismiss important matters

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