UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbɑːrd/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/bɑrd/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bärd)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bard1 /bɑrd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a poet.

bard2 or barde/bɑrd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable] 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bard1  (bärd),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. (formerly) a person who composed and recited epic or heroic poems, often while playing the harp, lyre, or the like.
  2. one of an ancient Celtic order of composers and reciters of poetry.
  3. any poet.
  4. Biographicalthe bard, William Shakespeare.
bardic, adj. 
bardish, bardlike′, adj. 
bardship, n. 
  • Indo-European * gwrs-do-s singer, akin to Albanian grisha (I) invited (to a wedding)
  • Celtic; compare Irish, Scots Gaelic bard, Welsh bardd, Breton barz
  • late Middle English 1400–50

bard2  (bärd),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Heraldry[Armor.]any of various pieces of defensive armor for a horse.
  2. Food[Cookery.]a thin slice of fat or bacon secured to a roast of meat or poultry to prevent its drying out while cooking.

  1. Heraldry[Armor.]to caparison with bards.
  2. Food[Cookery.]to secure thin slices of fat or bacon to (a roast of meat or poultry) before cooking.
Also,  barde (for defs. 1, 3).
  • Persian pardah covering
  • Arabic barda‘ah packsaddle
  • Southern Italian barda armor for a horse
  • Middle French barde
  • 1470–80

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bard /bɑːd/ n
  1. (formerly) one of an ancient Celtic order of poets who recited verses about the exploits, often legendary, of their tribes
  2. (in modern times) a poet who wins a verse competition at a Welsh eisteddfod
Etymology: 14th Century: from Scottish Gaelic; related to Welsh bardd

ˈbardic adj
bard, barde /bɑːd/ n
  1. a piece of larding bacon or pork fat placed on game or lean meat during roasting to prevent drying out
vb (transitive)
  1. to place a bard on
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French barde, from Old Italian barda, from Arabic barda`ah packsaddle
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Bard /bɑːd/ n
  1. the Bardan epithet of William Shakespeare
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