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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beard, face fungus, whiskersnoun

    the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face

  2. beardnoun

    a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses

  3. beardnoun

    a person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality)

  4. beardnoun

    hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals

  5. byssus, beardverb

    tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface

  6. beardverb

    go along the rim, like a beard around the chin

    "Houses bearded the top of the heights"


  1. beardnoun

    Facial hair on the chin, cheeks and jaw.

  2. beardnoun

    A woman who accompanies a gay male in order to give the impression that he is heterosexual.

  3. beardverb

    To grow hair on the chin and jaw.

  4. beardverb

    To boldly and bravely oppose or confront, often to the chagrin of the one being bearded.

    Robin Hood is always shown as bearding the Sheriff of Nottingham.

  5. Etymology: Originally a nickname for someone with a beard.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BEARDnoun

    Etymology: beard, Saxon.

    Ere on thy chin the springing beard began
    To spread a doubtful down, and promise man. Matthew Prior.

    Rail’d at their covenant, and jeer’d
    Their rev’rend parsons to my beard. Hudibras.

    This ancient ruffian, Sir, whose life I have spared at suit of his grey beard. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Some thin remains of chastity appear’d,
    Ev’n under Jove, but Jove without a beard. Dryden.

    Would it not be an insufferable thing, for a professor to have his authority, of forty years standing, confirmed by general tradition, and a reverend beard, overturned by an upstart novelist? John Locke.

    The ploughman lost his sweat, and the green corn
    Hath rotted ere its youth attain’d a beard. William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    A certain farmer complained, that the beards of his corn cut the reapers and threshers fingers. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To Beardverb

    Etymology: from beard.

    No man so potent breathes upon the ground,
    But I will beard him. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    He, whensoever he should swerve from duty, may be able to beard him. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    The design of utterly extirpating monarchy and episcopacy, the presbyterians alone begun, continued, and would have ended, if they had not been bearded by that new party, with whom they could not agree about dividing the spoil. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Beard

    A beard is the hair that grows on the jaw, chin, upper lip, lower lip, cheeks, and neck of humans and some non-human animals. In humans, usually pubescent or adult males are able to grow beards. Throughout the course of history, societal attitudes toward male beards have varied widely depending on factors such as prevailing cultural-religious traditions and the current era's fashion trends. Some religions (such as some sects of Islam, and Sikhism) have considered a full beard to be essential and mandate it as part of their observance. Other cultures, even while not officially mandating it, view a beard as central to a man's virility, exemplifying such virtues as wisdom, strength, sexual prowess and high social status. In cultures where facial hair is uncommon (or currently out of fashion), beards may be associated with poor hygiene or an unconventional demeanor. In countries with colder climates, beards help protect the wearer's face from the elements. Beards also provide sun protection.


  1. beard

    A beard is a growth of hair on the chin, cheeks, and neck of a person, typically of a male adult. It can vary in size, length, and style depending on personal grooming habits and cultural norms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beardnoun

    the hair that grows on the chin, lips, and adjacent parts of the human face, chiefly of male adults

  2. Beardnoun

    the long hairs about the face in animals, as in the goat

  3. Beardnoun

    the cluster of small feathers at the base of the beak in some birds

  4. Beardnoun

    the appendages to the jaw in some Cetacea, and to the mouth or jaws of some fishes

  5. Beardnoun

    the byssus of certain shellfish, as the muscle

  6. Beardnoun

    the gills of some bivalves, as the oyster

  7. Beardnoun

    in insects, the hairs of the labial palpi of moths and butterflies

  8. Beardnoun

    long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn; as, the beard of grain

  9. Beardnoun

    a barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument, projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily drawn out

  10. Beardnoun

    that part of the under side of a horse's lower jaw which is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle

  11. Beardnoun

    that part of a type which is between the shoulder of the shank and the face

  12. Beardnoun

    an imposition; a trick

  13. Beardverb

    to take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt

  14. Beardverb

    to oppose to the gills; to set at defiance

  15. Beardverb

    to deprive of the gills; -- used only of oysters and similar shellfish


  1. Beard

    A beard is the collection of hair that grows on the chin, upper lip, cheeks and neck of human beings and some non-human animals. In humans, usually only pubescent or adult males are able to grow beards. However, women with hirsutism may develop a beard. When differentiating between upper and lower facial hair, a beard specifically excludes the moustache. Over the course of history, men with facial hair have been ascribed various attributes such as wisdom, sexual virility, masculinity, or a higher status; however, beards may also be perceived to be associated with a lack of general cleanliness and a loss of refinement, particularly in modern times.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beard

    bērd, n. the hair that grows on the chin and adjacent parts of a grown man's face: the tuft on the lower jaw of a goat, seal, &c.: the barbel of the cod, loach, &c.; prickles on the ears of corn: the barb of an arrow: the gills of oysters, &c.—v.t. to take by the beard: to oppose to the face.—adj. Beard′ed, having a beard: prickly: barbed.—n. Beard′-grass, a kind of bearded grass.—adj. Beard′less. [A.S.; W. barf, Ger. bart, Russ. boroda, L. barba.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. beard

    The silky filaments or byssus by which some testacea adhere to rocks. Of an oyster, the gills.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. beard

    The reflected points of the head of an ancient arrow, particularly of such as were jagged.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BEARD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Beard is ranked #721 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Beard surname appeared 48,207 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 16 would have the surname Beard.

    74.9% or 36,112 total occurrences were White.
    19.6% or 9,453 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 1,147 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 959 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 323 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 217 total occurrences were Asian.

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Anagrams for beard »

  1. ardeb

  2. bared

  3. bread

  4. Breda

  5. debar

  6. Debar

  7. Debra

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beard in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of beard in a Sentence

  1. Don Felder:

    I especially enjoyed some of the old hairstyles, with my hair down to my shoulders and a beard. And Henley's nickname used to be 'Furry Basketball' because he had that fro. It was fun to just look at what was going on in that era and how we presented ourselves on stage.

  2. Rose Davis:

    So I got to the next spot where I was going to park and I pulled open my phone and I started looking through pictures. And the thing when I was talking to him which really stood out to me was: He had a very full but short, very thick, dark, black beard and mustache. And so when I parked my car and I pulled up the picture of him on the internet…and there was that beard and mustache.

  3. Mahmoud El-Halwagi:

    An archaeological committee was assigned to inspect the mask and beard in order to write a detailed report on the mask's condition.

  4. Kizza Ronald:

    The difference between a young man and a mature man is not the beard but the Brain(Reasoning) because even a young man can have beards but with shallow reasoning-Kizza Ronald-

  5. Christian Eckmann:

    The use of epoxy is not the best, but it is a solution, however this measure was unfortunately done not really properly, so you can see now some remains of glue at the beard.

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