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

Young is back to business as usual, except for a knee brace and the beard, which has more meaning than some might think. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bearcats training camp: Perry Young provides energy, Coby Bryant teaches & more," 1 Aug. 2019 But buried in the beard is a reason this Rockies team cannot win. Daniel Boniface, The Denver Post, "If Jamal Murray’s new contract exceeds $200 million, he’s really earned it," 29 July 2019 While meeting young patients, nearly 2-year-old Noah Nicholson was fascinated by the prince’s orange beard. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry Signs Hospital's Visitors Book Previously Signed by Mother Princess Diana," 25 July 2019 Mykal McEldowney, IndyStar Green tufts of algae collect in the beards of Michael and Zac Linne as the brothers, with their bellies in the muddy water, slowly crawl along a shallow drainage ditch that cuts through a Dubois County cornfield. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana noodling: Inside the Hoosier tradition of catching snapping turtles by hand," 14 July 2019 The beard won’t be allowed to interfere with the proper fit of any police equipment or gear. oregonlive.com, "Police chief alters hiring standards for officers: high school diploma, GED sufficient; tattoos above collar and beards OK," 19 June 2019 The uniform of the conformist — sports shirt, cardigan, tennis shoes — is as easily recognized as that of the recusant — dirty white T, sideburns, two days’ growth of beard. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘True West’ is back at Steppenwolf, wrestling with the ghosts of Malkovich, Sinise and Shepard," 15 July 2019 Carr, sporting a T-shirt, shorts, and a two-day growth of beard, joined the line of girls and gamely tried to jump rope. David Quammen, National Geographic, "How one of Africa’s great parks is rebounding from war," 12 June 2019 With the currency of beards came a multibillion-dollar industry dedicated to ensuring that men’s facial hair has the right balance, shape, health and shine. Jason Diamond, WSJ, "The Best Beard Trimmers for Each Man’s Grooming Quirks," 21 Nov. 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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