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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


biographical name (2)

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 Beard (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 And, of course, one of the caricatures has a beard made of - of course – hop cones. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Hoppy Dude Brews set to open in May, tips the cap to the military and staying local," 26 Apr. 2021 From his name, June conjured an old man with a beard, not a dashing young European. New York Times, "June Newton, Photographer and Muse, Dies at 97," 21 Apr. 2021 Tell your actor friend with the bright-orange Abraham Lincoln beard, huge spectacles, and beret not to get their hopes up just yet. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, "NBC Developing a Guess Who? Show, But Don’t Call Your Goofiest-Looking Pals Yet," 19 Apr. 2021 Little is white, 5 feet 11, 190 pounds and has a thick beard. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "Edina police seek help in finding missing man," 25 Mar. 2021 Based on the bones and hair found at the scene, investigators determined the body likely belonged to a man, between 20 and 35 years old, with a thick, curly beard. oregonlive, "Human remains found at Multnomah Falls identified after 42 years; more cold cases may be solved with genetic genealogy," 15 Feb. 2021 Whether this is the case or not, goes back to Baldwin’s beard. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, "Will Inflation Trip Up Emerging Economies?," 17 Apr. 2021 Over the next couple of years, my voice deepened further, my beard came in, and my fat redistributed. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Keira Bell Deserved Better Than Puberty Blockers," 12 Apr. 2021 Palmieri was all but unrecognizable at his first practice with the Islanders, free of his hirsute beard per Lamoriello policy., "Health and future of goaltending looms as largest question for Bruins as trade deadline nears," 10 Apr. 2021 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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3 May 2021

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“Beard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 beard (audio) \ adjective

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