plac·ard | \ˈpla-kərd, -ˌkärd\

Definition of placard 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a notice posted in a public place : poster

2 : a small card or metal plaque


plac·ard | \ˈpla-ˌkärd, -kərd\
placarded; placarding; placards

Definition of placard (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cover with or as if with posters

b : to post in a public place

2 : to announce by or as if by posting

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Examples of placard in a Sentence


The placard on the door says that the church was built in the late 1600s. a placard announcing a campaign rally at the downtown plaza


placarded the poster about the upcoming play to the bulletin board placarded the news about the planned construction project all over the neighborhood
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Supporters of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak hold placards in front of the Kuala Lumpur High Court. Yantoultra Ngui, WSJ, "Najib’s Day in Court: Former Malaysian Leader Posts Bail in 1MDB Corruption Case," 4 July 2018 Someone stole a handicap placard hanging from the rear view mirror in a vehicle parked in the 1800 block of Pfingsten Road on May 23, police said. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Police: Rented Ford Explorer not returned to Glenview dealership," 5 June 2018 The lack of specificity reminds me of the blank space placards held at protests, each article leaving room for the next dumpster-diving homeless man shot and killed. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 Even there, there may be no escape from the placards. The Economist, "Donald Trump is greeted by protests across Britain," 13 July 2018 Sinnott’s law would implement a universal sign system for people with mobility issues, with emergency placards affixed near their front doors. Lizzie Johnson,, "Regret haunts Wine Country fire hero: ‘I’ve never cried this much’," 13 July 2018 As Zamora placed a placard, Steele told Zamora to look down at a footprint left on the tiled floor. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Virtual crime scene gives students hands-on training without the risk," 3 July 2018 Protesters holding placards take part in a rally in Parliament Square against U.S. president Donald Trump's state visit to the UK on February 20, 2017 in London, England. David Lammy, Time, "I'm a British Lawmaker. Here's Why I’m Protesting Trump’s Visit to the U.K.," 10 July 2018 The bidding was fierce and done mostly by women who raised their placards with practiced nonchalance. Ramin Mostaghim,, "U.S. sanctions hurt, but Iran's wealthy find solace in art," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The order said that the property might be placarded with warning signs if the issues were not remediated., "Legal Aid Society sues Cleveland on behalf of toddler, asks court to make city follow lead poisoning laws," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of placard


1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for placard


Middle English placquart formal document, from Middle French placard, from plaquer to make adhere, plate — more at plaque

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English Language Learners Definition of placard

: a large notice or sign put up in a public place or carried by people


plac·ard | \ˈpla-kərd, -ˌkärd\

Kids Definition of placard

: a large notice or poster for announcing or advertising something

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