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 Supporters sang the protest movement’s anthem, waved colonial and U.S. flags, and held up placards depicting the Chinese flag as a Nazi swastika. Kelvin Chan, The Denver Post, "Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban," 20 Oct. 2019 Fans attending pre-season NBA games in the US have worn t-shirts or held up placards bearing messages of solidarity with Hong Kong, including during an exhibition game between the Washington Wizards and the Guangzhou Loong Lions. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "The NBA may have just thrown Hong Kong’s protesters a new lifeline," 10 Oct. 2019 The investigation also found evidence that officers parked their personal vehicles — with the police placards in their windshields — for free on Court Place, blocking emergency exits and fire escapes behind the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Jeremy Gorner,, "Chicago police misused placards to park for free near Bears, Cubs games, IG investigation finds," 8 Oct. 2019 Her characters aren’t meant to be quoted in inspirational memes, or reproduced on placards, or held up as paragons of empowerment or feminist virtue. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Challenge of Margaret Atwood," 5 Sep. 2019 Fred Meyer officials have said the chain installed the placard in its stores around April 2015, but were uncertain if the signs had been placed in all stores, according to testimony filed in the case. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska judge: Fred Meyer used ‘deceptive’ means to unlawfully overcharge car-battery buyers," 17 May 2018 Protesters are waving placards with his visage, but embellished with small red horns. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s Rasputin, Is Feeling the Heat of Brexit," 8 Sep. 2019 That gave me an amazing vantage point looking down the street as marchers headed to the old courthouse: a sea of friends and neighbors, shoulder to shoulder, placards bobbing up and down, everyone sweating together in the late summer sun. Steven Petrow, Washington Post, "After the KKK makes a late night visit, a tiny North Carolina town takes a stand," 6 Sep. 2019 Five thousand people participated, waving placards that read say no to cultism; say no to violence. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 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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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of placard was in 1560

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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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