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Definition of beard

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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)
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Definition of Beard (Entry 3 of 4)

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


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Definition of Beard (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Other Words from beard


beardless \ ˈbird-​ləs How to pronounce beardless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for beard

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 The driver was described as white, about 30 years old with a beard, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Hamden police look for truck driver who exposed himself to woman," 2 Sep. 2020 In the video, Ometu has a beard and is wearing white basketball shorts. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Charges dropped against Black jogger mistakenly identified as a suspect in Texas," 2 Sep. 2020 Isaac was looking smoldery with a quarantine beard, a gold chain, an Airpod, and a black T-shirt. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, "Can Greek Tragedy Get Us Through the Pandemic?," 1 Sep. 2020 These days, he can be seen growing a beard every now and then, plus, he's been growing that hair out in isolation like the rest of us. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Logan Lerman's Salt-and-Pepper Hair Turned My Eyes Into Tiny Hearts," 31 Aug. 2020 The man is described as Black, in his 30s, standing 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing about 190 pounds, with a beard. Steve Schering,, "Police: Man threatens employee with glass bottle, steals cash from Oak Park cellphone store," 28 Aug. 2020 The surveillance video was released by police in hopes of leading to the arrest of the unidentified attacker, who had a full beard and wore a yellow hoodie, dark pants, and red sneakers. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Man beats woman into coma and tries to rip off her pants on NYC sidewalk: Police," 26 Aug. 2020 This guy is rarely seen without a cleanly shaven mug — maybe some occasional stubble or a light beard — so fans were very quick to show their affection for the new 'stache. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Noah Centineo Grew a Mustache While Self-Isolating," 18 Aug. 2020 The Avalanche was definitely that team, and since the 2019-20 season could cover an entire year — with the Cup expected to be awarded in early October — Cole could have the biggest beard in the history of playoff beards. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Chambers: Avalanche has a shot at Stanley Cup. Ian Cole has the playoff beard to prove it," 19 July 2020 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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11 Sep 2020

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“Beard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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


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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


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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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