One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A poet, traditionally one reciting epics and associated with a particular oral tradition.
- ‘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.’
- ‘In the past, Karakalpak bards (performing poets) roamed from village to village, reciting stories and verses.’
- ‘From 1808 to 1834 Moore continued to add to his Irish Melodies, which established him as the national bard of Ireland.’
- ‘Even two centuries ago, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing scoffed that the bard was perhaps more praised than perused.’
- 1.1 Shakespeare.
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.
A slice of bacon placed on meat or game before roasting.
Cover (meat or game) with slices of bacon.
- ‘To bard meat, you cover the meat with a thin layer of fat or fatty bacon and secure with butchers string.’
- ‘One is to bard meat with fat (cover it with strips of fat, usually pork fatback), an outdated practice but one still taught in cooking schools.’
- ‘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.’
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’.
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