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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

That forced beard and hair removal nightmare is exactly what happened to the Amish man who spoke to the FBI, and to four other men and women during nighttime raids in 2011, according to an FBI criminal complaint. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Mastermind of Amish beard-cutting raids is in prison — and he’s staying put, judge says | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 Mirotic had never played an NBA game without his beard until shaving it before the Pelicans' 123-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on April 4. William Guillory,, "'Keep it clean': Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic plans to stay clean-shaven through playoffs," 14 Apr. 2018 Jordan Davis While the beard is certainly a great attention-grabber, there’s more to the Louisiana native than meets the eye: Davis has a charming twang that makes his songs just as fun to listen to as his facial hair is to look at. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "15 Country Artists to Watch in 2018," 5 Jan. 2018 One child played with his beard, and the scruffy Duke happily obliged. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kids Couldn't Keep Their Hands Off of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Ireland," 11 July 2018 The Interior Ministry released a sketch of a bearded man wearing a baseball cap, and described him as being in his early 40s, between 175 and 180 centimeters tall, of average build and with gray in his beard. Angela Dewan, Antonia Mortensen And Denis Lapin, CNN, "Russia, Ukraine blame each other for journalist killing," 30 May 2018 Gaughan's ruling relied largely on a U.S. Supreme Court case that involved a Muslim prison inmate who was not allowed to grow his beard. Eric Heisig,, "Ohio prisons system cannot cut Rastafarian inmate's dreadlocks, federal judge rules," 15 May 2018 Harry, a member of Tussauds’ royal family display since 2014, now sports a beard. Caris Davis,, "Royal Brides-to-Be! Meghan Markle's Wax Double Debuts at Madame Tussauds," 9 May 2018 Seventeen years after the bus bombing, Cohen's son is married and a father, and his scars are covered by his beard. Deborah Fineblum, Jewish Journal, "Feeding body and soul: Terror victims get heaping servings of food (and hope)," 1 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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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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