Definition of placard in English:



  • A printed or handwritten notice or sign for public display, either fixed to a wall or carried during a demonstration.

    • ‘It was a schoolroom by day and on each of the four walls there were placards on which were written the four main verbs: do, make, say and think.’
    • ‘The Metro stations are tidy, the advertising placards on the walls are artistic and very French.’
    • ‘Instead, anyone who wants to take part carries on with their normal day, but carries a placard or banner while out and about.’
    • ‘This positive value was most eloquently summed up in a placard carried by a pregnant demonstrator in New York City on February 15th, 2003.’
    • ‘Students painted their bodies with slogans or carried hand-written placards condemning the drive to war.’
    • ‘There were one or two pro-hunting demonstrators carrying placards saying polls showed a majority in favour of hunting.’
    • ‘Similarly, a placard carrying a message on road safety has been displayed at the Time Keeper's office in every depot.’
    • ‘The workers waved placards during an hour-long public demonstration in the central city, and will continue doing so twice a week.’
    • ‘We have thrown all our resources into ensuring posters, placards and stickers carrying the anti-war message are out across Britain.’
    • ‘The protest march, which was over a mile and a half long, included tractors, farm machinery and farmers carrying placards.’
    • ‘Protesters carried banners and placards denouncing the move.’
    • ‘The protestors were carrying banners and placards and they were raising slogans against the government and the security forces.’
    • ‘The students carried placards and posters on water conservation.’
    • ‘The article says that his followers already have the placards for the demonstrations printed up and stored for use.’
    • ‘Each person was forced to sign an agreement not to carry placards or banners, shout slogans, or wear clothes with written words of complaint.’
    • ‘One demonstrator even carried a placard saying ‘Self employed worker on strike’.’
    • ‘Teachers carried banners and placards calling for the right to organise and to strike.’
    • ‘Workers carried placards and banners, and raised slogans against privatisation and increases in electricity prices.’
    • ‘Workers carried banners and placards accusing employers of using unemployment to drive down wages and conditions.’
    • ‘They come to a placard mounted on the wall, displaying a map of the Palace's three floors.’
    notice, poster, public notice, sign, bill, sticker, advertisement
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  • Cover with notices.

    ‘they were placarding the town with posters’
    • ‘Quite apart from his agents, who are everywhere, the country is placarded with his portraits in a variety of roles.’
    • ‘Fear of the disease then justified measures ranging from placarding houses to forced isolation of patients in special institutions.’
    • ‘The extended nose includes a 20-cu-ft baggage compartment that, like the existing 22-cu-ft rear baggage compartment, is placarded for 200 lb.’
    • ‘When I went through the Brandenburg Gate, it was scaffolded and shrouded and placarded and jackhammered, and I had to push through a countercurrent of girls parading their lovely selves through a temporary narrow passage of plywood.’
    • ‘Mechanics placarded the autopilot as inoperative, though they did not pull or safety the circuit breaker.’
    • ‘Under constraint of time and the non-availability of the appropriate placards, the contractor decided to transport the explosives without properly placarding their vehicle, a direct violation of safety standards.’
    • ‘The manufactures and certification bodies cannot be blamed for failures that occur outside the placarded limits of our gliders!’
    • ‘But no one in authority seems to care, and one of these days, you may find on our lunch hour, teachers are placarding the Tarouba Road out of frustration.’
    • ‘Famously, this film was banned in Swansea but not in Cardiff, so busloads of eager Welsh heathen were transported daily betwixt the two heaving metropolises to watch it, then placarded on their return.’
    • ‘Pilots were instructed to observe placarded dive speeds and angles and to watch for nose-heaviness and buffeting which were the first indications of compressibility.’
    • ‘While many important airspeeds are on the airspeed indicator or placarded nearby, there's one speed many pilots forget to pay attention to: Vg (best glide).’
    • ‘Pesticide storage areas should be placarded and locked away from children, irresponsible adults and animals.’
    • ‘Perhaps, some day, his own name might be placarded on the walls of London.’


Late 15th century (denoting a warrant or licence): from Old French placquart, from plaquier to plaster, lay flat, from Middle Dutch placken. The current sense of the verb dates from the early 19th century.