\ ˈbēl(d) How to pronounce bield (audio) \
bielded; bielding; bields

Definition of bield

 (Entry 1 of 2)

now chiefly Scottish


\ ˈbēl(d) How to pronounce bield (audio) \
plural -s

Definition of bield (Entry 2 of 2)

1 chiefly Scottish : shelter, protection
2 chiefly Scottish
a : a place affording shelter : refuge
b : a habitation for humans or animals

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History and Etymology for bield

Transitive verb

Middle English belden to assist, encourage, protect, from Old English beldan, byldan to encourage, denominative from the stem of Old English bald, beald bold


Middle English belde shelter, confidence, boldness, from Old English beldo, byldo boldness; akin to Old High German beldī boldness, Gothic balthei; derivative from the stem of Old English bald, beald bold

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“Bield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bield. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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