\ ˈlärd How to pronounce lard (audio) \
larded; larding; lards

Definition of lard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to dress (meat) for cooking by inserting or covering with something (such as strips of fat)
b : to cover or soil with grease
2 : to augment or intersperse especially with something superfluous or excessive the book is larded with subplots
3 obsolete : to make rich with or as if with fat



Definition of lard (Entry 2 of 2)

: a soft white solid or semisolid fat obtained by rendering fatty pork

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lardy \ ˈlär-​dē How to pronounce lardy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lard in a Sentence

Verb a roast larded with bacon
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Add to this that Robert Mueller, that senescent Washington fixture, larded his staff with activist Democrats whose indictments were long on political narrative but short on actual crimes. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "More Media Misdirection on Trump-Russia," 22 Apr. 2020 Modly visited sailors on the ship and made a 15-minute speech, larded with profanity, that criticized Capt. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Top Pentagon officials defend $243,000 cost of Navy secretary's trip to Guam," 9 Apr. 2020 It's not larded up with exotic new features that add cost and complexity. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla surprises everyone by delivering the Model Y ahead of schedule," 16 Mar. 2020 That is unless the economy is already too brittle and larded with debt to handle the shocks. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Zombie companies are hiding an uncomfortable truth about the global economy," 9 Mar. 2020 His bio, published in our program booklets that night, was larded with publicist’s overkill, as almost all bios in music are. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mozart & Co.," 30 Aug. 2019 Jarmusch lards his script with self-referential nods that reward viewers heavily invested in their own cool, in-on-it knowingness. Ann Hornaday,, "'The Dead Don't Die' review: Jim Jarmusch's zombie tale lumbers along," 13 June 2019 Rather than lard the list with expensive wines, as so many high-end restaurants do, Frenchette has devoted much of its lineup to the extremely reasonable $50- to $85-a-bottle range. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "A New Restaurant, Frenchette, Stands Up for Natural Wines," 19 Apr. 2018 Image From the 1830s until the eve of the Civil War, men like Henry William Herbert made a living selling adventure tales larded with wily bucks and ferocious bears. Bruce Barcott, New York Times, "How Hunting Became a Macho Sport," 22 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An omelette au lard is made with pig belly (poitrine in French, pancetta in Italian). Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Mastering the Art of Making a French Omelette," 18 Apr. 2020 Just mind the salt, as bacon fat is saltier than other types of lard. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "8 Ways to Use Up Leftover Bacon Fat," 2 May 2017 In the same way, bacon or lard makes everything better. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Sunday Q&A: Hilda Ysusi, owner and executive chef Broken Barrel The Woodlands," 2 Jan. 2020 Make the meatballs: Melt the lard in a medium nonstick sauté pan set over medium-​high heat. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, "How to Cook Waterfowl Albondigas," 23 Feb. 2020 More than 80% of that fat is saturated fat — far beyond butter (63%), beef fat (50%) and pork lard (39%), according to the AHA. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Think coconut oil is good for your health? Here's what the experts are saying," 22 Jan. 2020 The taste will be familiar to Americans 40 and older who visited fast-food restaurants before 1990, the year McDonald’s stopped using animal lard to cook its popular fries. Jay Jones, Los Angeles Times, "Beef fat is oh so bad for you. But it tastes oh so good at this Vegas fries spot," 29 July 2019 The couple cooked that chicken together, and later, after the bus incident, a pie — an adaptation of her grandmother’s that includes 125 grams of lard. Washington Post, "Cooking can be therapeutic. For Ella Risbridger, it saved her life.," 27 Aug. 2019 Weeks before the holiday, Dutton was practicing making stuffing without bacon or lard at her home in an Atlanta suburb. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Will Americans Ever Go Meat-Free for Thanksgiving?," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of lard


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lard


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin lardum, laridum; perhaps akin to Greek larinos fat

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The first known use of lard was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put pieces of fat onto or into (something) before cooking



English Language Learners Definition of lard (Entry 2 of 2)

: a soft white substance that is made from the fat of pigs and used in cooking


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Kids Definition of lard

: a soft white fat from fatty tissue of the hog


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