Definitions for BARDbɑrd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. (formerly) a person who composed and recited epic poems, often while playing the harp, lyre, or the like.

  2. one of an ancient Celtic order of composers and reciters of poetry.

  3. any poet.

  4. the Bard, William Shakespeare.

    Category: Biography

Origin of bard:

1400–50; ME < Celtic



or barde

  1. any of various pieces of defensive armor for a horse.

    Category: Heraldry

  2. a thin slice of fat or bacon secured to a roast to prevent its drying out while cooking.

    Category: Cooking

  3. (v.t.)to caparison (a horse) with bards.

    Category: Heraldry

  4. to cover with bards before cooking.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of bard:

1470–80; < MF barde < southern It dial. barda armor for a horse < Ar barda‘ah packsaddle < Pers pardah covering

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bard(noun)

    a lyric poet

  2. bard(verb)

    an ornamental caparison for a horse

  3. caparison, bard, barde, dress up(verb)

    put a caparison on

    "caparison the horses for the festive occasion"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bard(noun)

    a professional poet and singer, as among the ancient Celts, whose occupation was to compose and sing verses in honor of the heroic achievements of princes and brave men

  2. Bard(noun)

    hence: A poet; as, the bard of Avon

  3. Bard(noun)

    alt. of Barde

  4. Bard(verb)

    to cover (meat or game) with a thin slice of fat bacon

  5. Bard(noun)

    the exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree; the rind

  6. Bard(noun)

    specifically, Peruvian bark


  1. Bard

    In medieval Gaelic and British culture a bard was a professional poet, employed by a patron, such as a monarch or nobleman, to commemorate the patron's ancestors and to praise the patron's own activities. Originally a specific class of poet, contrasting with another class known as fili in Ireland and Highland Scotland, the term "bard", with the decline of living bardic tradition in the modern period, acquired generic meanings of an epic author/singer/narrator, comparable with the terms in other cultures or any poets, especially famous ones. For example, William Shakespeare is known as the Bard or the Bard of Avon. The musical and poetic traditions are most strongly perpetuated in Wales and elsewhere by the Gorsedd of bards and through the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. bard

    Anciently a poet; now a Poet-Laureate.

Editors Contribution

  1. bard

    A poet, traditionally one reciting epics and associated with a particular oral tradition.


Anagrams of BARD

  1. Brad

  2. Darb

Translations for BARD

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a musician who went about the country in medieval times, reciting or singing poems.

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