Main definitions of bard in English

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bard1

noun

archaic, literary
  • 1A poet, traditionally one reciting epics and associated with a particular oral tradition.

    • ‘Even two centuries ago, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing scoffed that the bard was perhaps more praised than perused.’
    • ‘On a dozen axes of values, then, there is a deep congruity, much of it reflecting the influence of the archaic epic bard on the nineteenth-century novelist.’
    • ‘These two kinds of periodicity may coincide, as in carefully end-stopped lines, or in the formulae chosen over centuries by the bards of oral traditions.’
    • ‘From 1808 to 1834 Moore continued to add to his Irish Melodies, which established him as the national bard of Ireland.’
    • ‘In the past, Karakalpak bards (performing poets) roamed from village to village, reciting stories and verses.’
    poet, versifier, verse-maker, rhymester, rhymer, sonneteer, lyricist, lyrist, elegist
    laureate
    balladeer
    swan
    poetaster
    troubadour
    rhymist, maker
    metricist, ballad-monger, idyllist, parnassian, poeticule
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    1. 1.1 Shakespeare.
      poet, versifier, verse-maker, rhymester, rhymer, sonneteer, lyricist, lyrist, elegist
      laureate
      balladeer
      swan
      poetaster
      troubadour
      rhymist, maker
      metricist, ballad-monger, idyllist, parnassian, poeticule
      View synonyms

Origin

Middle English: from Scottish Gaelic bàrd, Irish bard, Welsh bardd, of Celtic origin. In Scotland in the 16th century it was a derogatory term for an itinerant musician, but was later romanticized by Sir Walter Scott.

Pronunciation:

bard

/bärd/

Main definitions of bard in English

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bard2

noun

  • A slice of bacon placed on meat or game before roasting.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Cover (meat or game) with slices of bacon.

    • ‘One is to bard meat with fat (cover it with strips of fat, usually pork fatback), an outdated practice but one still taught in cooking schools.’
    • ‘To bard meat, you cover the meat with a thin layer of fat or fatty bacon and secure with butcher’s string.’
    • ‘Pork or other fat can be used to bard meat.’
    • ‘To bard meat, simply lay strips of fat over the surface, or use kitchen string to tie on the fat.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from French barde, a transferred sense of barde armor for the breast and flanks of a warhorse based on Arabic barḏa'a saddlecloth, padded saddle.

Pronunciation:

bard

/bärd/