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 In the corner is an old Concord Museum sign — the museum is still thriving but has upgraded to a more contemporary placard., 17 June 2021 The state is also placing greeters at each branch office and creating a priority appointment system for drivers who need a disability placard, Benson said. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 8 June 2021 Video from the scene showed the car had a handicap placard. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2021 For Lot G, the cost for a seasonal placard would increase from $75 to $150 for residents 65 and older, $150 to $300 for Rhode Island residents and $250 to $500 for non-residents., 19 Apr. 2021 Parking lots at city parks, including dog parks, will be closed Saturday and Sunday except to those with an accessibility parking placard. Nicole Sadek, The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2021 Since Levinson's disappearance in March 2007, he has been seen only in a hostage videotape recorded in 2010 and a handful of photographs, dressed in an orange jumpsuit while holding a placard. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2021 The tank, a replica, has a placard that appears to be pages from a book. Trevor Fraser,, 25 Mar. 2021 In the man’s car, police found a second placard belonging to another dead person. cleveland, 25 Nov. 2020 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

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Placard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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