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

bill, poster

Synonyms: Verb


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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

But the glaring dangler offends my eye more than a Hummer with no parking placard sprawled across two handicapped spaces. June Casagrande, Burbank Leader, "A Word, Please: Offended by danglers like this one, simple solutions occur to her," 12 Sep. 2019 Intended as a way to teach young children about morality, the dioramas portray severe modes of punishment, accompanied by a placard explaining the sin that warranted such lashings. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 He was presented a placard with his last name spelled out with letters off the old Ladd scoreboard. Ben Thomas |, al, "After 46 years and countless football games, Francis “F.A.” Slade says goodbye to Ladd-Peebles," 30 Aug. 2019 We were given a placard, but there are no boring numbers here, just fun words. Amy Drew Thompson,, "South in your mouth at Apopka’s Southern Deli | Review," 26 Aug. 2019 Sabathia, who is on the injured list with inflammation in his right knee, received a standing ovation from the Fenway fans and players from both teams after Red Sox lefty David Price presented him with the green placard. Doug Alden,, "Torres, Tauchman, Judge homer as Yankees beat Red Sox," 9 Sep. 2019 Mott said when asked about the Derby placard that most winning trainers hang on their barn. Don’t ask to see Country House, either. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Country House’s Trainer Can’t Quite Embrace His Kentucky Derby Win," 9 Aug. 2019 The blue heritage placard sits high up on the wall so that no souvenir-hunter can nick the marker of the abode where the nude cover photo for Lennon’s first solo album Two Virgins (1968) was made. National Geographic, "The ultimate itinerary for Beatles fans," 29 July 2019 At the Kutupalong refugee camp on Sunday, some carried placards and banners reading ‘‘Never again! Julhas Alam,, "Rohingya refugees rally to mark 2nd anniversary of exodus," 25 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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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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