Definition of "bard" []

  • One of an ancient Celtic order of minstrel poets who composed and recited verses celebrating the legendary exploits of chieftains and heroes. (noun)
  • A poet, especially a lyric poet. (noun)
  • A piece of armor used to protect or ornament a horse. (noun)
  • To equip (a horse) with bards. (verb-transitive)
  • To cover (meat) in thin pieces of bacon or fat to preserve moisture during cooking. (verb-transitive)
  • (formerly) one of an ancient Celtic order of poets who recited verses about the exploits, often legendary, of their tribes (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (in modern times) a poet who wins a verse competition at a Welsh eisteddfod (noun)
  • Any poet, esp one who writes lyric or heroic verse or is of national importance (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bard" in a sentence
  • "The reason which induced me to do so was the knowledge of an appalling tragedy transacted there in the old time, in which there is every reason to suppose a certain Welsh bard, called Lewis"
  • "In consequence, perhaps, of Lucan's having spoken of _carmina bardi_, the word bard began to be used, early in the 17th century, to designate any kind of a serious poet, whether lyric or epic, and is so employed by"
  • "The night of the bard was the night that the blackmail began."