fyrd

noun \ ˈfərd , ˈfi(ə)rd \

Definition of fyrd

plural -s
1 :the national militia in England prior to the Norman Conquest
  • men of the fyrd were mustered and their weapons counted
  • —Hope Muntz
2 :the duty to serve in the fyrd

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Origin and Etymology of fyrd

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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