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1. One of an ancient Celtic order of minstrel poets who composed and recited verses celebrating the legendary exploits of chieftains and heroes.
2. A poet, especially a lyric poet.
[Middle English, from Irish and Scottish Gaelic bard and from Welsh bardd; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots.]
bard 2also barde (bärd)
A piece of armor used to protect or ornament a horse.
tr.v. bard·ed, bard·ing, bards
1. To equip (a horse) with bards.
2. To cover (meat) in thin pieces of bacon or fat to preserve moisture during cooking.
[Middle English barde, from Old French, from Old Italian barda, from Arabic barda'a, packsaddle, from Persian pardah; see purdah.]
a. (formerly) one of an ancient Celtic order of poets who recited verses about the exploits, often legendary, of their tribes
b. (in modern times) a poet who wins a verse competition at a Welsh eisteddfod
2. (Poetry) archaic or literary any poet, esp one who writes lyric or heroic verse or is of national importance
[C14: from Scottish Gaelic; related to Welsh bardd]
1. (Cookery) a piece of larding bacon or pork fat placed on game or lean meat during roasting to prevent drying out
2. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) an ornamental caparison for a horse
(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) to place a bard on
[C15: from Old French barde, from Old Italian barda, from Arabic barda`ah packsaddle]
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the Bard an epithet of William Shakespeare
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.
[1400–50; Middle English < Celtic]
1. any of various pieces of defensive armor for a horse.
2. a thin slice of fat or bacon secured to a roast to prevent its drying out while cooking.v.t.
3. to caparison (a horse) with bards.
4. to cover with bards before cooking.
[1470–80; < Middle French barde < southern Italian dial. barda armor for a horse < Arabic barda‘ah packsaddle < Persian pardah covering]
Past participle: barded
To tie slices of fatty bacon over the breast of poultry or game.
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|Noun||1.||bard - a lyric poet |
poet - a writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)
|2.||bard - an ornamental caparison for a horse|
|Verb||1.||bard - put a caparison on; "caparison the horses for the festive occasion"|