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bard

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noun \ˈbärd\

Definition of bard

  1. 1a :  a tribal poet-singer skilled in composing and reciting verses on heroes and their deedsb :  a composer, singer, or declaimer of epic or heroic verse

  2. 2 :  poet

bardic

play \ˈbär-dik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of bard

Middle English, from Scottish Gaelic & Irish


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bard

play
noun \ˈbärd\
variants: or

barde

Definition of bard

  1. :  a piece of armor or ornament for a horse's neck, breast, or flank

Origin and Etymology of bard

borrowed from Middle French barde, going back to Old French, “packsaddle, saddle cover,” borrowed from Arabic bardʽa (or borrowed from Italian barda in sense “piece of armor for a horse,” borrowed from Arabic)


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bard

verb

Definition of bard

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish (a horse's neck, breast, or flank) with a piece of armor or ornament :  to furnish with bards (see 2bard)

  3. 2 [borrowed from French barder, verbal derivative of barde “strip of fat to cover meat,” figurative use of barde “piece of armor for a horse, packsaddle”] :  to dress meat for cooking by covering with strips of fat

Origin and Etymology of bard

verbal derivative of 2bard


BARD Defined for Kids

bard

play
noun \ˈbärd\

Definition of bard for Students

  1. 1 :  a person in ancient societies skilled at composing and singing songs about heroes

  2. 2 :  poet



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