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1. An English variety of large cooking apple.
2. Archaic The human head.

[Middle English, from Old North French, possibly from coste, rib (from its ribbed appearance), from Latin costa; see kost- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Plants) an English variety of apple tree
2. (Plants) the large ribbed apple of this tree
3. archaic jocular a slang word for head
[C14: from Anglo-Norman, from Old French coste rib]


(ˈkɒs tərd, ˈkɔ stərd)

1. a large English variety of apple.
2. Archaic. the head.
[1250–1300; Middle English]
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Main, as Costard, and far left, in action for St Helens
Si sa silhouette rachitique - bien que classement moulee dans un chic costard bleu - resiste tant bien que mal aux vicissitudes de l'age, sa legendaire voix, par contre, n'a pas pris une seule ride
Depuis sa prison, depuis la rotissoire, il avait entrevu un homme chauve dodu a lunettes et costard cravate, s'interesser a l'aspect appetissant de ses freres et lui.
uk BEST OF THE BEST DIRECTED by German filmmaker Hellmuth Costard in 1971, Football as Never Before (PG, 105 mins) is a remarkable film of George Best playing in a First Division game for Manchester United against Coventry City in September, 1970.
Eppure in quell'eta un'opera di Lancillotti fu tradotta in francese con un titolo ben piu combattivo di quello originale, Les impostures de l'histoire ancienne et profane; ouvrages necessaire aux jeunes gens, aux instituteur, & generalement a toutes les personnes qui veulent lire l'histoire avec fruit (Parigi: Costard, 1770) che traduce i Farfalloni, facendone un potente manifesto contro le "imposture" degli antichi e presentandolo come un libro sul quale i giovani dovrebbero apprendere come leggere gli storici classici.
You would miss a lot of laughter, especially at Ray Porter, whose comic timing is awesome in playing Costard, the country bumpkin who learns the gentle art of wordplay from the better educated nobility, and often outdoes them at their own game.
Directed by the late German filmmaker Hellmuth Costard, it follows Bestie's every move during a match on September 12, 1970, as Man United beat Coventry 2-0.
The country gentleman Costard (Shakespeare) is sent by Armado (de Vere) to carry letters to Jaquenetta ("the author's muse").
Meanwhile, Costard is forced into servitude for Don Armado, (Robert Shampain), a silly knight also in love with Jaquenetta.
George Costard born; an English clergyman; wrote History of Astronomy, 1767.