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 suspect was described as a white man, between 50 and 60, average height and weight, dark hair that covered his ears and forehead, and a white beard. Los Angeles Times, "Two recent assaults on women in Goleta prompt sheriff to issue warning," 13 Aug. 2019 Taylor and his wife recognized Watson’s long beard. Washington Post, "Governor: Protocol was followed before inmate’s escape," 12 Aug. 2019 Murr gets shaved Murr has to have his eyebrows, head, and beard shaved, and then take his driver’s license photo. Daniel Menegaz, EW.com, "The most hilarious moments from Impractical Jokers," 9 Aug. 2019 Sporting an offseason beard, Scott Stricklin kicks back on the sofa in his office on a Friday afternoon looking relaxed, content and confident. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "UF AD Scott Stricklin eager to help Gators football, basketball teams build on success," 3 Aug. 2019 Reeves was seen sporting a wig that added a mullet to the top of his head while the sides were shaved clean and a bushy beard. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Keanu Reeves Is Unrecognizable in Bizarre Look for New Bill & Ted Movie," 3 Aug. 2019 In guises ranging from draconian schoolmarm to misanthropic homeless man (complete with scratchy voice and scraggly beard), Blanchett performs self-serious monologues assembled from excerpts of artistic manifestoes. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Cate Blanchett Dons 13 Guises in This Daring Art Installation," 26 July 2019 The commune is pristine, gorgeous, verdant — girls in white dresses and men with white beards and huge barns for sleeping in, painted with large-faced characters enacting pagan scenes. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Midsommar Casts a Transfixing Scandinavian Spell," 25 July 2019 One suspect is described as a heavy-set black male with a wide beard between 25-40 years of age seen on camera wearing a white t-shirt, red shorts and white sneakers. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Police searching for 'daycare predators' targeting vehicles in northwest Houston," 25 July 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. 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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