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.

v.t. 
  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

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