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1. A pack; a bundle.
2. A burden.

[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of farde, package, from Arabic farda, single piece, pack, bundle, from farada, to be separate; see prd in Semitic roots.]


archaic a bundle or burden
[C13: from Old French farde, ultimately from Arabic fardah]


(ˈfɑr dl)

n. Archaic.
1. a bundle.
2. a burden.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Old Provençal, derivative of fard(a) bundle (« Arabic fardah load)]


 a bundle or pack—Johnson, 1755; the baggage of a company of men collectively; also called fardellage, 1489; fardlet, a small bundle, 1413.
Examples: fardel of faults, 1644; of foolish impossibilities, 1614; of linen, 1600; of myths, 1873; of papers, 1681; of sin, 1483; of sorrow; of traditions, 1703; of troubles, 1576; of wickedness, 1381.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fardel - a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)
burden, encumbrance, onus, incumbrance, load - an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
References in classic literature ?
As he spoke, a dozen men rushed forward, each screening himself behind a huge fardel of brushwood.
I am very religious, and deprived by Huxley and Tyndall, whom I detested, of the simple-minded religion of my childhood, I had made a new religion, almost an infallible church of poetic tradition, of a fardel of stories, and of personages, and of emotions, inseparable from their first expression, passed on from generation to generation by poets and painters with some help from philosophers and theologians.
The areas affected by the project are: retention basins - Basin area activities Lobel in Arques;- Basin Fardel to LONGUENESSE;- Areas of the zone of activity of fresh funds and LONGUENESSE Arques;- Basin green ecuelle to LONGUENESSE;- Basin DDE in Saint-Omer;- Basin adjacent to the career Tatinghem Mahieu;- Basin area of ?
19) Burton: "I was ever wont to intermix with mine own work some ornaments from the works of others, and I have laboriously collected this fardel out of divers writers, and like him, sine injuria, I have wronged no writers, but given every man his due; and thus citing and quoting mine authors, I am no thief.
Davidson, Landerman, Fardel y Clary, como se cita en Bernik et al.
balle"]) and fardel-in fardel de brasil--as "bundle" (OED s.
Ocasionalmente se anade la averia gruesa, que normalmente derivaba de la perdida de algun ancora, aparejo o fardel y la prorrata de la perdida estimada entre los que efectivamente habian sido entregados.
In Farr's RSC production, Antigonus, after he attempted to draw the bear away from Perdita, left not one but two items behind with the baby (a treasure chest and a separate fardel with the tokens), so that at the end of the scene the old shepherd exited with the child, and his son (off to bury Antigonus) departed with the two objects.