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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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I cannot think that, if and when Hilarius managed to get his work performed, he would still have been a goliard. The resources demanded for this considerable dramatic production ...
The latter occurred frequently in the works of the so-called Goliard poets of the twelfth century in their mantle-begging verses, and parodies of the Charity-action can be found in Reynard the Fox, in Villon, and elsewhere.
Their assignments included researching and cooking the meal from authentic medieval recipes, reciting troubadour or Goliard student poetry, performing a medieval play written by a tenth-century nun, juggling, or performing medieval music.
Much as I dislike saying no to yours of October 11 asking me, I am sure in all kindness, to reconsider "A" 13-21 for Cape Goliard imprint, let us please leave it as the contract now filed here has it--for Cape.
In this, the third of his series dealing with the medieval secular Latin lyric, Bryan Gillingham addresses various problems, including the meaning and etymology of the word "goliard" and the social milieu of the authors of the repertory we call "goliardic." (I shall use these terms henceforth on the understanding that they designate the kind of repertory seen in the Carmina Burana, where sacred and distinctly secular compositions are mingled.)
In the "Notes on Last Scene" in the Cape Goliard 1970 edition of The Last Words of Dutch Schultz: A Fiction in the Form of a Film Script, Burroughs includes a stage direction parallel to his image of addictive-drugs-as-film from Junky: "MORPHINE ADMINISTERED TO SOMEONE WHO IS NOT AN ADDICT PRODUCES A RUSH OF PICTURES IN THE BRAIN AS IF SEEN FROM A SPEEDING TRAIN.
Around the so-called Goliard poets John Addington Symonds romantically constructed figures exuberantly devoted to wine, women, and song.
Whicher, The Goliard Poets, 87, reproduces the words of the Latin original, while K.
The early edition of the Maximus Poems IV, V, VI published by Cape Goliard was crucial.
Other critics, however, attribute his subject matter and attitude to the medieval European goliard tradition, whose followers were writers of ribald and disrespectful verse.
Iron Horse (The Coach House Press, 1972), Scrap Leaves (Poet's Press, no date, signed), Wales Visitation (Cape Goliard Press, 1968), Bixby Canyon Ocean Path Word Breeze (Gotham Book Mart, 1972), T.