noun (1)
\ ˈbärd How to pronounce bard (audio) \

Definition of bard

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


noun (2)
\ ˈbärd How to pronounce bard (audio) \
variants: or barde

Definition of bard (Entry 2 of 3)

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


barded; barding; bards

Definition of bard (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

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

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Noun (1)

bardic \ ˈbär-​dik How to pronounce bard (audio) \ adjective

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First Known Use of bard

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above


1501, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bard

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Scottish Gaelic & Irish

Noun (2)

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)


verbal derivative of bard entry 2

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The first known use of bard was in the 15th century

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“Bard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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\ ˈbärd How to pronounce bard (audio) \

Kids Definition of bard

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

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