beard

noun
\ ˈbird How to pronounce beard (audio) \

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

beard

verb
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

Beard

biographical name (1)
\ ˈbird How to pronounce Beard (audio) \

Definition of Beard (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Beard

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

Noun

bearded \ ˈbir-​dəd How to pronounce bearded (audio) \ adjective
beardedness noun
beardless \ ˈbird-​ləs How to pronounce beardless (audio) \ 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

Noun

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

Verb

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

His eyes were red with sleeplessness, his dark beard had not been shaven for a day, and his hair had fallen loose over his forehead. Edward Mcclelland, Chicago Reader, "Meet Resurrection Mary, the ghost of Archer Avenue," 26 June 2018 Losing his hair and his beard was another miserable rite of passage. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Jackie Lee Reveals He's Just Fought Testicular Cancer Twice: Watch the Emotional Video Inspired by His Experience," 21 May 2018 Goodman, 76, hails from Louisville, Kentucky, and his white beard is practically the only sign of his age; thousands of miles logged in the backcountry have helped keep him fit. Jonathan Olivier, Outside Online, "Fixing the Appalachian Trail’s Overcrowding Crisis," 30 Mar. 2018 If something as simple as a trim could indicate a substantial change in Jaime's life, then surely growing back his beard will be just as significant. refinery29.com, "Uh, Jaime Lannister May Be Going Through A Huge Change In GOT's Final Season," 26 Mar. 2018 As far as other physical differences, wood bison also have a taller hump which is farther forward on their body, and their beards are pointier than the buffalo’s. Douglas Main, Newsweek, "Wood Bison, North America’s Largest Animal, to Be Reintroduced Into Alaska," 23 Sep. 2014 Christmas beards generally require drinking through a straw. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "The Perils of Christmas Beard Decorations: ‘The Lights Got Tangled Up in My Shirt’," 21 Dec. 2018 He was arrested in August 2017 after arriving in the United States to attend a beard competition in Austin, Texas. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Dark Web vendor with totally amazing beard sentenced to 20 years in prison," 10 Oct. 2018 The beard comb is part of my Amazon online buying addiction. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s In Your Bag, Black Tiger Sex Machine?," 13 July 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. AL.com, "15 Alabama-made gifts for Father's Day," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of beard

Noun

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

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beard

Noun

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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beard

noun

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

beard

noun
\ ˈbird How to pronounce beard (audio) \

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

beard

noun
\ ˈbi(ə)rd How to pronounce beard (audio) \

Medical Definition of beard

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

Other Words from beard

bearded \ -​əd How to pronounce bearded (audio) \ adjective

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