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larded; larding; lards

transitive verb

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


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

Examples of lard in a Sentence

Verb a roast larded with bacon
Recent Examples on the Web
Internet video giant YouTube larded its coffers with $7.95 billion in ad revenue for third quarter of 2023, representing a 12.5% year-over-year increase, as parent Alphabet overall topped Wall Street forecasts. Todd Spangler, Variety, 24 Oct. 2023 Scorsese lards the supporting cast with musicians like Jason Isbell and Jack White; by far the most impressive is Sturgill Simpson, who provides a welcome gleam of sly humor as one of Hale’s moonshining henchmen. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 There are concerns that the bill is being larded up with red tape, or non-core progressive priorities, that will undermine the bill. Joe Weisenthal,, 13 Apr. 2023 While there are a few pieces of classic modern furniture, including chairs by Roland Rainer and Eames, the designers avoided larding the space with pricey finds. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, 15 Apr. 2023 Piccata is an Italian word for larded, which some say derives from the French word pique, or piquant, which means tangy, spicy, sharp, zesty and so on (the synonyms abound). Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2023 Tamales are a staple of Christmases and birthdays, the inspiration for the farming town of Somerton’s December Tamale Festival and the subject of passionate debate: Lard or no lard? Jack Healy, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2023 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, 22 Apr. 2020 Modly visited sailors on the ship and made a 15-minute speech, larded with profanity, that criticized Capt. Brett Crozier, the commander Modly fired for sending a letter to Navy officials seeking help for his crew Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2020
Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust The ingredients: Instead of butter or oil, Pillsbury opts for hydrogenated lard. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 3 Nov. 2023 Put the oil and lard in the skillet and heat for 20 minutes. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 5 Apr. 2023 The other is like being force-fed a bowl of pudding made out of lard and skim milk. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2023 For more tender tortillas, try subbing butter or lard for the oil. Joy Cho, Good Housekeeping, 17 Apr. 2023 The crust is typically a thin, tender pastry skin made with lard or vegetable oil. Shelly Tan, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 In place of traditional Diné foods such as corn, beans, and squash, the government provided only sparse commodities like flour, salt, sugar, and lard. Kate Nelson, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Aug. 2023 Vigil updated the recipe, traditionally composed of flour and the special lard that makes Argentine empanada dough so delicate and flaky, with a blend of beef tallow and pork lard, as well as changed the bread’s shape. Katie Kelly Bell, Robb Report, 22 Apr. 2023 The paczki is thought of as a way to use up fatty ingredients like lard and butter, as well as sugar, eggs and fruit before Lenten fasting begins. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 20 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English larden, borrowed from Anglo-French larder (also continental Old French), derivative of lard "bacon, lard entry 2"


Middle English lard, larde "fat pork cured in brine or smoked, bacon, lard," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French lard, larde, lart (also continental Old French), going back to Latin lāridum, lārdum "bacon," perhaps borrowed, with change of suffix, from Greek lārīnós "(of a bull or ox) fattened," of uncertain origin

Note: Greek lārīnós has been compared with lārós "pleasing, delicious (of a meal, wine)" and apolaúein "to have pleasure or enjoyment, benefit," though the derivational details are far from clear if there is actually a relationship.

First Known Use


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


13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Lard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to insert strips of usually pork fat into meat before cooking
: to smear with lard, fat, or grease
: to add something extra and unnecessary to


2 of 2 noun
: a soft white fat from the fatty tissue of the hog

Medical Definition


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