\ ˈfärd How to pronounce fard (audio) \
farded; farding; fards

Definition of fard

transitive verb

1 : to paint (the face) with cosmetics
2 archaic : to gloss over

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Other Words from fard

fard noun, archaic

The Connection Between Fard and Cosmetics

Though a relatively uncommon little word, fard is used to describe a very familiar activity-the application of cosmetics. When it is encountered these days it is often in participle form or simply as an example of an unusual or old-timey word. Fard was borrowed from Anglo-French (from the verb farder) and first appeared in English in the mid-1400s. It is ultimately of Germanic origin and akin to the Old High German word faro, meaning "colored."

First Known Use of fard

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fard

Middle English, from Anglo-French farder, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German faro colored — more at perch

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“Fard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fard. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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