Definition of placard in English:



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

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

    ‘they were placarding the town with posters’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘The manufactures and certification bodies cannot be blamed for failures that occur outside the placarded limits of our gliders!’
    • ‘Pesticide storage areas should be placarded and locked away from children, irresponsible adults and animals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mechanics placarded the autopilot as inoperative, though they did not pull or safety the circuit breaker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps, some day, his own name might be placarded on the walls of London.’


Late 15th century (denoting a warrant or license): 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.