bri·​ard | \ brē-ˈär(d) How to pronounce briard (audio) \

Definition of briard

: any of an old French breed of large long-coated sheepdogs

Examples of briard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The big and fluffy 9-year-old briard has a mellow temperament, and spends most of his time comforting patients and their families in the waiting rooms., "> Meet some of the other therapy dogs that visit Boston Children’s in videos on the hospital website.," 28 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of briard

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for briard

French, from Brie, district in France

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The first known use of briard was in 1901

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“Briard.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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