plural -s
: the national militia in England prior to the Norman Conquest
men of the fyrd were mustered and their weapons countedHope Muntz
: the duty to serve in the fyrd

Word History


Old English fierd, fyrd (also, campaign, camp); akin to Old High German fart journey, Old Norse ferth, Gothic usfartho departure; derivatives from the root of English fare

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“Fyrd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fyrd. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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