plac·​ard | \ ˈpla-kərd How to pronounce placard (audio) , -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 How to pronounce placard (audio) , -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

Synonyms for placard

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of placard in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb placarded the poster about the upcoming play to the bulletin board placarded the news about the planned construction project all over the neighborhood
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Courtney John included a picture of Jorts the cat on her picket line placard. Allison Prang, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 Matt Bradley, one of three SDSU players who hasn’t been here before, neglected to take his name placard from the interview session Wednesday as a keepsake. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2022 Contractors are then asked to show their bright orange placard in their vehicle windshield on job sites to give consumers and local officials a visual signal of their participation in the program. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 10 Feb. 2022 If a building had a red placard bearing a white X, firefighters were not supposed to enter unless there was a credible report of someone trapped inside. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 15 June 2022 At Robb Elementary School, the Bidens placed a bouquet of white flowers at a tribute featuring 21 white crosses in front of the school’s placard. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 30 May 2022 Gaines does not have a disability and does not have an accessibility placard. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Apr. 2022 At the end of the courses, she was awarded a kanban—a wooden placard certifying her proficiency—and given the professional pseudonym Kookyu. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2021 Each driver and car will have a unique driver ID displayed on a placard in the windshield, with a QR code that can be scanned to verify the driver through the app. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 6 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The city’s Department of Transportation will have a 10-person team to target areas of the city prone to placard abuse, including lower Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn, the mayor said. Katie Honan, WSJ, 21 Feb. 2019 The order said that the property might be placarded with warning signs if the issues were not remediated., 18 May 2017 See More

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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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“Placard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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plac·​ard | \ ˈpla-kərd How to pronounce placard (audio) , -ˌkärd \

Kids Definition of placard

: a large notice or poster for announcing or advertising something

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