\ ˈbird \

Definition of beard 

(Entry 1 of 4)

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

2 : a hairy or bristly appendage or tuft


bearded; bearding; beards

Definition of beard (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to confront and oppose with boldness, resolution, and often effrontery : defy

2 : to furnish with a beard


biographical name (1)
\ ˈbird \

Definition of Beard (Entry 3 of 4)

Charles Austin 1874–1948 and his wife Mary 1876–1958 née Ritter American historians


biographical name (2)

Definition of Beard (Entry 4 of 4)

Daniel Carter 1850–1941 American painter, illustrator, and organizer of Boy Scouts in U.S.

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Other words from beard


bearded \ˈbir-dəd \ adjective
beardedness noun
beardless \ˈbird-ləs \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for beard

Synonyms: Verb

brave, brazen, breast, confront, dare, defy, face, outbrave, outface

Antonyms: Verb

dodge, duck, funk, shirk, sidestep

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Examples of beard in a Sentence


He grew a beard and mustache. the beard of a goat


a man of integrity who was never afraid to beard the lion in his den
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Beyond haircuts, shaves and beard trims, Castellon offers a botanical wash that starts with raw aloe vera hand-muddled in a molcajete. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "NuLu's new barbershop is keeping patrons as fresh as the neighborhood," 10 July 2018 His graying and less-than-trim beard give him the air of a rock star. Bounced from Canopy in 2014, Mr. Rifici is now the chief executive of a competitor, Auxly, which has invested in 12 marijuana-growing operations. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Legal Marijuana Is Coming to Canada. Investors Catch the Buzz.," 8 July 2018 An older man with gray hair and a beard walked out of the heat and into the Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria last month , dripping sweat and seeking help. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "West Valley leans on Phoenix for help with rising homeless population," 1 July 2018 The company also sells aftershave, beard balm, pomade, lip balm and candles. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This natural deodorant made on a Wisconsin family farm sells for $7 a stick at Whole Foods," 19 June 2018 Van Ness trims up beards, France picks out pastels, and Berk completely reimagines living spaces—but the real work is internal. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The First Episode of Queer Eye Season 2 Is More Emotional Than All of Season 1," 15 June 2018 Vallerius, a cyber whiz who is from the Brittany region of France and has French, Israeli and English citizenship, was arrested last August in Atlanta en route to a world beard-growing competition in Texas. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Dark web's 'OxyMonster' pleads guilty to narco-trafficking, faces 20 years in prison," 12 June 2018 The Duplasses sit in the Hirshhorn Museum’s courtyard in Washington the morning of their book tour’s D.C. stop, in matching blazers and salt-and-pepper beards. Sonia Rao,, "How the Duplass brothers have worked together for almost 40 years without killing each other," 24 May 2018 For one, the jewelry hawker’s false beard had a tendency to wash off in the Pacific surf, requiring expensive retakes. Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bearded Iris faded from dusky purple to smog orange in one photo, and in another two black goats munched on daisies. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Reflections of an Accidental Florist," 28 Aug. 2017 Parker is broad-shouldered and bearded and deep-voiced. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "A Doctor's Plan to End Patriarchy," 25 June 2017 This gift basket includes Brother’s Joseph’s Belgian Style Dubble Ale from Huntsville, Fairhope Amber from Fairhope and Bearded Lade American Wheat Ale from Birmingham., "15 Alabama-made gifts for Father's Day," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of beard


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beard


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

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The first known use of beard was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners 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


\ ˈbird \

Kids Definition of beard

1 : the hair that grows on a man's face often not including the mustache

2 : a hairy growth or tuft (as on the chin of a goat)

Other words from beard

bearded adjective a bearded man


\ ˈbi(ə)rd \

Medical Definition of beard 

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

Other words from beard

bearded \-əd \ adjective

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