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

The point is, Captain America's beard was everything. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "I Really, Really Miss Captain America's Beard," 29 Apr. 2019 Some locals were appalled; this is Orange County, after all, historically a bastion of Southern California conservatism, and with his long hair and wild beard, and always dressed in a red shirt and sandals, Larsen cut a provocative figure. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018 The day’s biggest crowd was gathered for Plant, who emerged in the late afternoon with his long hair and beard an elegant tangle of blond and gray. Steve Appleford, latimes.com, "Robert Plant, Los Lobos, Fantastic Negrito and more emphasize tradition at Arroyo Seco," 25 June 2018 Viewing a foreign website, taking phone calls from relatives abroad, praying regularly or growing a beard could land one in a political indoctrination camp, or prison, or both. Washington Post, "China’s mass indoctrination camps evoke Cultural Revolution," 17 May 2018 The duo danced for the big screen and took turns playfully stroking each other’s beards . Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Truex makes move to Joe Gibbs Racing with championship goal," 11 Feb. 2019 The GoT star traded in his rugged Jon Snow look for a sleek all-black ensemble (and no beard!) while the Good Fight actress opted for a printed jacket, skinny jeans, buckled booties, and a crossbody bag by The Kooples. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Have a Sweet Night Out in NYC," 9 Apr. 2019 Strokes imaginary beard* Anddd neither have the showrunners. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Is Kate Going to Die on 'This Is Us'? Sadly, All Signs Are Pointing to Yes," 19 Mar. 2019 Robes and beards are easy enough to track down, but sword-like hilts that project concentrated beams of controlled, tactile light are still at least a few years out. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with a $434 replica lightsaber: May the dork be with you," 25 Dec. 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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