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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The woman had used a handicapped parking placard that had been reported to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles as stolen. cleveland, "Man charged for ramming the back of his ex-fiance’s parked car: Beachwood police blotter," 24 June 2020 In New Jersey, drivers caught using a placard illegally may be subject to a fine of up to $10,000 and 18 months in prison. Cari Shane, Car and Driver, "Violators Will Be Ticketed: Fighting Disability-Parking-Placard Fraud," 21 June 2020 There was no placard on the door to the room where the R.N.A. extraction was being performed, and the floor was gridded with glue lines where tiles had been pulled up. Robert P. Baird, The New Yorker, "How Utah’s Tech Industry Tried to Disrupt Coronavirus Testing," 13 June 2020 All work areas are deep cleaned between shifts and throughout the day with placards noting when the area was last cleaned. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "These are the workers helping GM to build ventilators," 18 May 2020 There were unaccompanied children, and older residents with handicap parking placards. New York Times, "Schools Transform Into ‘Relief’ Kitchens, but Federal Aid Fails to Keep Up," 19 Apr. 2020 Highton created Virtual Yosemite, which synthesized hundreds of high-resolution landscape photographs into a digital simulation of Yosemite Valley, replete with historic information placards and nature-sound recordings. Gregory Thomas,, "‘Virtual tourism’ is suddenly everywhere in coronavirus era. Will it stick?," 12 Apr. 2020 Photos and videos posted online showed students rallying outside the school, with some holding placards with messages of support for the teacher. Fox News, "Tennessee students stage walkout over N-word assignment after teacher placed on leave," 24 Nov. 2019 Protesters with placards participate in the Global Strike 4 Climate rally in Sydney, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Young protesters around globe demand climate change action," 20 Sep. 2019 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, "New York City to Crack Down on Abuse of Parking Privileges," 21 Feb. 2019 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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The first known use of placard was in 1560

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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Placard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce placard (audio) , -ˌkärd \

Kids Definition of placard

: a large notice or poster for announcing or advertising something

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