Definition of lard in English:



  • 1Fat from the abdomen of a pig that is rendered and clarified for use in cooking.

    • ‘If you're really lucky, you may be able to locate a hunk of lard.’
    • ‘After the roll call, the prisoners' meal was a small loaf of bread, some lard or margarine and occasionally about 100 grams of salted pork.’
    • ‘He wanted veal-flavored frozen yogurt dipped in lard, but they were out because Tom's Mom had just been there.’
    • ‘Strolling past is an assault of the senses, the air thick with heady aromas of lard, spice and MSG.’
    • ‘In a large skillet, melt the three tablespoons of lard over medium heat.’
    • ‘We have organic beef with almost-organic Yorkshire puddings (I'm unable to find organic lard - presumably it is just too unfashionable in green circles).’
    • ‘The gravy was made from lard, chicken stock chili powder and cumin.’
    • ‘It wasn't just that no other country knew how to carve it or cook it properly - with plenty of lard - but that they mucked about with their food to hide its taste because it was of inferior quality.’
    • ‘And I've now got it in my head that the sugary oats bound together with sugar and dipped in syrup (with some extra sugar mixed in) are topped with yoghurt flavoured lard.’
    • ‘A hard, solid fat such as lard or suet is most effective here.’
    • ‘Different types of fat, or fatty ingredients can replace the high saturated fat found in lard.’
    • ‘Some of our mothers used to bake with lard or render down cod fat (from cuts of beef) and beat it up with lemon juice to provide shortening for baking.’
    • ‘I love making pastry, bringing my hands high up in the air as I rub the tiny cubes of cold butter and soft lard into the flour.’
    • ‘The men conducted most of this heavy work, while the women boiled the leaf fat from the entrails to render lard for shortening and lye soap.’
    • ‘Heat lard or olive oil in a heavy casserole dish and then fry the onions gently until they are soft and slightly golden (about ten minutes).’
    • ‘They used syrup instead of sugar as well as substitutes for lard, butter, and meat to feed their families.’
    • ‘Sear the steaks quickly on both sides in a heavy pan which has been rubbed over with lard.’
    • ‘For the hominy stuffed bell peppers, in a medium sauté pan, melt lard over low heat.’
    • ‘Place three chips of lard on top of each in a biohazard pattern, add a cilantro sprig, and arrange seasoned baby spinach leaves and cilantro leaves all around.’
    • ‘That's largely due to a shift from red meat to poultry, from whole to lower-fat milk, and from butter and lard to margarine and vegetable oils.’
    fat, oil, cooking oil, animal fat
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    1. 1.1informal Excess human fat that is seen as unhealthy and unattractive.
      • ‘A judicious look at his victim convinced Al that he'd better wrap this up before the tub of lard passed out on him.’
      • ‘In your quest to lose the lard, don't try to eradicate all traces of fat from your diet.’
      • ‘It was hard to believe that this tub of lard was a threat to the American Government.’
      • ‘Simply put, we've evolved our way out of hairy elbows and furry diapers, now let's lose the lard.’
      • ‘It's a really easy process where they stick a hose in you and suck out all the lard.’
      • ‘It wasn't easy, he chased me down six alleys before the tub of lard finally tripped and fell.’
      • ‘At first he was expecting his client to be some pimple face, tub of lard, that choked a guy who made a fat joke while she was on the rag but seeing this girl he now new better than to think of the typical.’
      • ‘But you have to start now - winter is the ideal season for dropping the lard.’
      • ‘‘Bring it on, you fat tub of lard,’ Jared mutters, slumping in his seat.’
      • ‘I was about to lean over and ask Erica who took this fabulous picture of the two of them and who that tub of lard was in the background.’


  • 1Insert strips of fat or bacon in (meat) before cooking.

    • ‘Lean ‘collops’ - thin steaks - are cut from a haunch and larded with strips of salt bacon fat.’
    • ‘I just stumbled on a relatively brilliant, though non-period method for larding venison and other dry meat.’
    • ‘Continue to lard meat in the same manner until all larding pork is used.’
    • ‘A pork brisket is larded with garlic and onion, garnished with crushed pepper, salt and put in ceramic or an enamel saucepan.’
    • ‘The meat is generally larded for this, and many consider it is best slightly underdone.’
    • ‘For the scallops, place the scallops on a cutting board and, using a thin larding needle, lard each scallop with five strips of truffles.’
    • ‘For the sweetbreads, place the sweetbreads on a cutting board and, using a thin larding needle, lard with smoked bacon.’
    1. 1.1Smear or cover (a foodstuff) with lard or fat, typically to prevent it from drying out during storage.
      • ‘Mary has a fondness for Malpeque oysters; lards her chowder with double-smoked bacon, the way they fix it at Pearl; and accompanies her rolls (clam, lobster) with tall thatches of fried string potatoes.’
      cover, coat, grease, lard
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  • 2Embellish (talk or writing) with a variety of expressions.

    ‘his conversation is larded with quotations from Coleridge’
    • ‘It is not easy reading for it is larded with the bureaucratic jargon that marks the EU.’
    • ‘The dog-as-metaphor was effective for boiling down a message that's frequently larded with industry acronyms like LAN, WAN and NC.’
    • ‘It's interesting that he lards the book with homespun stories of his upbringing in Louisiana, because his philosophy of politics and government is very much a community based approach writ large.’
    • ‘Listen to children when they speak and you'll be taken aback by the throw-away phrases that lard every conversation.’
    • ‘He lards his speeches with religious rhetoric and aggressively woos religious groups, a key part of his electoral base.’
    • ‘His rhetoric is larded with mythic grandiosity that amuses the jaded Western ear.’
    • ‘By chance, Ch'ien makes this statement in a discussion of the Chinese translations of Ezra Pound, which may explain why the sentence is primarily in German and why the essay is larded with quotations from other European languages.’
    • ‘When she talked, she spoke in husky tones and larded her remarks with double-entendres, and when I talked, she hung on my words and laughed immoderately at the faintest suggestion of wit in my remarks.’
    • ‘Costello's novel, says Jenkins, ‘slips between genres’ and is larded with lists, anecdotes, memos, and ‘theoretical musings’.’
    • ‘The section on Ronsard, larded with long quotations and with cross-references to English parallels, recites axioms about the poet's progress standard since Henri Chamard's history of the Pleiade seven decades ago.’
    • ‘These thick volumes, stuffed with tables and larded with long quotations in Greek and Hebrew, offered their readers long analyses of the dates of world history and the development of every imaginable calendar.’
    • ‘The new book like the old is larded with statistical data, much of it in CD format.’
    • ‘I sometimes feel I should apologise not only for my insistence on larding my prose with ancient, out-of-use terms like ‘a'coming’ but also for my practice of assigning odd names to the people who inhabit my world.’
    • ‘Maybe that's because a perusal of the document reveals it is larded with neo-Marxist slogans about the ‘gender power structure’ of society.’
    • ‘Prepared either by Russian anti-Communist exiles or by the British security services, the letter was larded with palpable absurdities.’
    • ‘The pro-book posts, while heavily larded with fulmination about right wing gun nuts, seem to have some good points, notable among them that the controversial research is actually a small part of the book.’
    • ‘I've noticed a lot of people larding their speech with that phrase lately.’
    • ‘Another alternative might be to become more aware of the impulse to lard your speech and writing with adjectives.’
    • ‘Even more annoying, speak with radical environmentalists and they'll lard their speech with numerous conservation biology buzz words.’
    1. 2.1Cover or fill thickly or excessively.
      ‘the pages were larded with corrections and crossings-out’
      • ‘Court Masque, which mixed dancing with speech, was heavily larded with flattery of the Royal patrons and was notable for spectacular scenic effects but with little in the way of characterisation.’
      • ‘The city had larded the blighted 16-acre site with subsidies, but no developer wanted to take on risk of such magnitude in a borough that hadn't seen a new office tower in a quarter-century.’
      • ‘True, the veterans spent the better part of six decades larding the hall with mediocre ballplayers who, not coincidentally, happened to be former teammates, friends, and acquaintances.’
      • ‘The CIA is larded with Russian specialists left over from the cold war, even as the agency struggles to recruit and train officers with proficiency in other tongues.’
      • ‘Weber wrote this little-heard work as a display case for his own keyboard virtuosity, larding it with spectacular runs and technical effects.’
      • ‘I like a really old fashioned Christmas, where the decorations are larded with tinsel and as tacky as they can be.’
      • ‘It's been a bit quiet recently, and I got highly suspicious after Mike confessed to larding my logs with dummy search strings.’
      • ‘Collectors have come to expect and respect SWV for putting their all into each release, larding it with as much added value as possible.’
      • ‘Lobbyists grew adept at larding ambitious legislation with special-interest provisions.’
      • ‘‘The Crud’ is my pet name for the copper, lead, carbon, moly and other burnt offerings that lard your bore after the bullets quit flying.’
      • ‘Louisiana's congressional delegation larded the bill with $540,580,200 worth of earmarks, one-fifth the price of a capable levee.’
      • ‘These performers, known as ‘artistes’ in the music hall vernacular, larded their routines with subversive, mocking or critical allusions to local characters, places and events.’
      • ‘But they are unlikely to tell donors that the research chain is larded with folks who will make money on something that they are giving away.’


Middle English (also denoting bacon fat): from Old French, bacon from Latin lardum, laridum, related to Greek larinos fat.