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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)
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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 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 In April, the Game of Thrones alum shaved off his beard in honor of the launch of his canned water line. Helen Murphy,, "Jason Momoa Apologizes to Chris Pratt After Shaming His Plastic Water Bottle Use," 4 Dec. 2019 His hair was cropped shorter than the old days, but showed no signs of age, unlike his beard, which was a venerable white. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Rufus Wainwright acknowledges time, defies time at Heights Theater," 22 Nov. 2019 His beard was rough, and his hands were cracked and calloused. Peter Talbot, The Seattle Times, "Solo rower takes epic, 336-day journey across Pacific from Washington to Australia," 14 June 2019 Whether your dad maintains his beard better than Jon Snow or doesn't know the difference between shampoo and body wash, there's a grooming gift for him. Samantha Sasso,, "8 Grooming Gift Sets Your Dad Will Love For Father's Day," 5 June 2019 Until Saturday, Lovie Smith’s Illinois tenure would have been remembered for only thing — the Santa Claus beard. Teddy Greenstein,, "5 things we learned about Big Ten football after Week 8, including the Michigan-Penn State fallout and the looming Lovie Smith decision. Plus, our updated power rankings.," 20 Oct. 2019 The hair has changed, the teeth have been whitened, the beard styled and the tattoos added but Ramos is still the apex predator, still the box-office centre-back, still football's Big Bad, still one of the best around., "The 20 Best Footballers of the Decade," 14 Oct. 2019 The beard, which both males and females have, is an important way the lizards communicate. Susan Schabacker, National Geographic, "Bearded dragons," 22 June 2019 To participate, let your facial hair flow and grow a mustache or beard. Allen Kim, CNN, "What is Movember or NoShavember anyway?," 1 Nov. 2019 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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9 Dec 2019

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“Beard.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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