\ 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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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 Animal fats like lard tend to smoke around 370 degrees Fahrenheit, while vegetable oils like safflower oil catch fire upward of 450 degrees. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Butter, a less heavy fat than lard, doesn’t weigh down the rise, giving conchas a pillowy puff and delicate taste. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2022 At the trenched front line the next day, soldiers sat around jars of borscht and cured lard that volunteers had brought them. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 Traditionally pączki were made from eggs, butter, sugar and fruit and fried in lard to use up these ingredients before the dietary restraints of Lent began. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Feb. 2022 Back in the day, the idea was to use up all the ingredients in the cupboard that were forbidden during Lent, such as cream, lard and sugar, before the fasting season began. cleveland, 22 Feb. 2022 The sweet, stuffed pastries known as paczki were once cooked as a way to get rid of any extra eggs, sugar and lard ahead of Lent. Samantha Nelson,, 25 Feb. 2022 These two teams know each other too well to lard on any extra motivation. Jason Gay, WSJ, 8 Feb. 2022 Heat a skillet over medium, adding enough oil or lard to cover the bottom of the pan when hot. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2021 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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The first known use of lard was in the 13th century

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“Lard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ ˈlärd How to pronounce lard (audio) \

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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