beard

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noun

1
: the hair that grows on a man's face often excluding the mustache
2
: a hairy or bristly appendage or tuft
3
beardless adjective

beard

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verb

bearded; bearding; beards

transitive verb

1
: to confront and oppose with boldness, resolution, and often effrontery : defy
2
: to furnish with a beard

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In 2015, it was discovered that cleaners at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum had damaged the burial mask of Pharaoh Tutankhamun by attempting to re-attach the beard with super glue. Jack B. Jeffery, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Nov. 2022 Charles Graves, a rare, professional deaf Santa in New Braunfels, Texas, said through an interpreter that he was inspired to grow his beard and put on the suit in part by awkward encounters with hearing Santas as a child. Leanne Italie, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Nov. 2022 Charles Graves, a rare, professional deaf Santa in New Braunfels, Texas, said through an interpreter that he was inspired to grow his beard and put on the suit in part by awkward encounters with hearing Santas as a child. Leanne Italie, Fortune, 28 Nov. 2022 For the first few months, the lawn gave off awkward vibes, like a teenager trying to grow a beard. Lauren Matison, Outside Online, 12 Oct. 2022 Grow a beard to distract from thinning, said Mr. McMillen. Horacio Silva, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 Rumours have been floating around that Gambaro's actually an actor who was asked to grow his beard out, specifically for the show. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 26 July 2022 Nevermind that, in the final episodes of the series, Walt abandons Skyler and their kids to hide out far away in an off-the-grid cabin and grow a ridiculous beard. Whitney Friedlander, SPIN, 21 July 2022 This would also be a great excuse to grow out your own beard. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 30 June 2022
Verb
Instead, stick to beard conditioners with hydrating and restorative ingredients. John Thompson, Men's Health, 10 Nov. 2022 Everything from high-tech headphones to beard management kits are available at major discounts during this promotion. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Everything from high-tech headphones to beard management kits are available at major discounts during this promotion. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Everything from high-tech headphones to beard management kits are available at major discounts during this promotion. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Everything from high-tech headphones to beard management kits are available at major discounts during this promotion. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Everything from high-tech headphones to beard management kits are available at major discounts during this promotion. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Everything from high-tech headphones to beard management kits are available at major discounts during this promotion. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Everything from high-tech headphones to beard management kits are available at major discounts during this promotion. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Beard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beard. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

beard 1 of 2

noun

1
: the hair that grows on a man's face often not including the mustache
2
: a hairy or bristly growth or bunch (as on the chin of a goat)
bearded adjective
beardless adjective

beard

2 of 2

verb

: to face or challenge boldly
bearded his enemy

Medical Definition

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

Biographical Definition

Beard 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

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

Beard

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biographical name (2)

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

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