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 (gōl′yərd, -yärd′)
A wandering student in medieval Europe disposed to conviviality, license, and the making of ribald and satirical Latin songs.

[Middle English, from Old French, glutton, goliard, from gole, throat, from Latin gula.]

gol·iar′dic (gōl-yär′dĭk) adj.
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(Historical Terms) one of a number of wandering scholars in 12th- and 13th-century Europe famed for their riotous behaviour, intemperance, and composition of satirical and ribald Latin verse
[C15: from Old French goliart glutton, from Latin gula gluttony]
goliardic adj
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(ˈgoʊl yərd)

n. (sometimes cap.)
a wandering scholar-poet of the 12th and 13th centuries, noted for composing satiric Latin verses and for living intemperately.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Old French: drunkard, glutton =gole throat (< Latin gula) + -ard- -ard]
gol•iar′dic, adj.
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Noun1.goliard - a wandering scholar in medieval Europe; famed for intemperance and riotous behavior and the composition of satirical and ribald Latin songs
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student - a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
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De Leon The text of Orff's work was taken from an anonymous manuscript of Goliardic verse, dating back to the 13th century.
The Confession of Golias, as well as much other Goliardic verse, was once attributed to Walter Map.