\ 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

Other Words from lard


lardy \ ˈlär-​dē How to pronounce lard (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, 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 It's not larded up with exotic new features that add cost and complexity. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2020 That is unless the economy is already too brittle and larded with debt to handle the shocks. John Detrixhe, Quartz, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 22 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Modern scientists believe ancient peoples would have moved these stones via sleds—perhaps greased with lard and mounted on rollers or rails. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2022 It’s the salt, sour cream, extra cheese and refried beans with lard that can make Mexican foods less than healthful. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 30 Apr. 2022 However, conchas made with lard tend to stay flat and are quite dense. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2022 Two chapatis, instead of five, with a spoonful of lard. New York Times, 18 June 2022 After a 24-hour brine, the pork luxuriates in a pot of lard. Washington Post, 15 June 2022 During seminars and events, dinners and aperitivo, guests are served gourmet food like pecorino sheep cheese, black pig lard (the animals freely roam the estate), goat cheese ricotta and platters of seasoned ham. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 8 June 2022 Dough that was deep-fried in cauldrons of lard had been served to sailors on the seas for centuries. Fox News, 3 June 2022 Her standing over the stove, browning pork belly in a large, rusty brown carbon steel wok, a ceramic mustard-yellow jar of lard, with pink flower flourishes, by her side. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 See More

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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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Kids Definition of lard

: a soft white fat from fatty tissue of the hog


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Medical Definition of lard

: adeps


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