Pronunciation Noun

bard (plural bards)

  1. A professional poet and singer, like among the ancient Celts, whose occupation was to compose and sing verses in honor of the heroic achievements of princes and brave men.
  2. (by extension) A poet.
    Shakespeare is known as the bard of Avon.
Translations Noun

bard (plural bards)

  1. A piece of defensive (or, sometimes, ornamental) armor for a horse's neck, breast, and flanks; a barb. (Often in the plural.)
  2. Defensive armor formerly worn by a man at arms.
  3. (cooking) A thin slice of fat bacon used to cover any meat or game.
  4. The exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree; the rind.
  5. Specifically, Peruvian bark.
Translations Verb

bard (bards, present participle barding; past and past participle barded)

  1. To cover a horse in defensive armor.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 29:
      The defensive armor with which the horses of the ancient knights or men at arms were covered, or, to use the language of the time, barded, consisted of the following pieces made either of metal or jacked leather, the Chamfron, Chamfrein or Shaffron, the Criniere or Main Facre, the Poitrenal, Poitral or Breast Plate, and the Croupiere or Buttock Piece.
  2. (cooking) To cover (meat or game) with a thin slice of fat bacon.

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. (usually with "the") William Shakespeare.
    • 1854, Edwin Lees, Stratford as connected with Shakespeare; and the bard's rural haunts, page 46
      We have previously traced Shakespeare from his Birth-place to the Grammar School, and we shall now glance at his career as a lover, and in so doing propose a pleasant walk of a short mile to Shottery, a rural hamlet in the parish of Stratford, where Anne Hathaway resided, to whom the Bard became affianced at a very early period in his life.
    • 1866, The Albion, quoted in, Arthur W. Bloom, Edwin Booth: A Biography and Performance History, McFarland ISBN 9781476601465, page 207
      It evidently needs no effort on the part of Mr. Booth to put himself en rapport with the ideal of the great Bard.
    • 2002, Diana Brydon, Irene Rima Makaryk, Shakespeare in Canada: A World Elsewhere, University of Toronto Press ISBN 9780802036551, page 108
      Nearly a dozen such enterprises now struggle each summer against the vagaries of rough weather and mosquito swarms to bring the Bard to the nation.
    • 2009, Jack Lynch, Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a Provincial Playwright into the Bard, Bloomsbury Publishing USA ISBN 9780802718679, page 8
      I hope that the selection of stories is illuminating for those who have never thought about what happened after the death of the immortal Bard.
    • 2010, Erin Dionne, The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, Penguin ISBN 9781101155752
      “We are going to undertake an exploration of the Bard's poetic structure and language,” Mom went on.

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