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bard2 (def 1).
bard2 (def 3).
Armor. any of various pieces of defensive armor for a horse.
Cookery. a thin slice of fat or bacon secured to a roast of meat or poultry to prevent its drying out while cooking.
Armor. to caparison with bards.
Cookery. to secure thin slices of fat or bacon to (a roast of meat or poultry) before cooking.
Historical Examples

Cf. Holinshed (quoted by Nares): “with barded horses, all covered with iron,” etc.
The Lady of the Lake Sir Walter Scott

For he was barded from counter to tail (Lay of the Last Minstrel).
The Battaile of Agincourt Michael Drayton

In a suit of engraved Milanese Armour inlaid with gold, on a barded charger.
Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria’s Reign John Ashton

They are also good larded, or one larded and the other barded.
The Modern Housewife or, Menagere Alexis Soyer

One knight, also, with much difficulty, passed the water upon his barded horse.
Historical Parallels, vol 1 (of 3) Arthur Thomas Malkin


(formerly) one of an ancient Celtic order of poets who recited verses about the exploits, often legendary, of their tribes
(in modern times) a poet who wins a verse competition at a Welsh eisteddfod

(archaic or literary) any poet, esp one who writes lyric or heroic verse or is of national importance
a piece of larding bacon or pork fat placed on game or lean meat during roasting to prevent drying out
an ornamental caparison for a horse
verb (transitive)
to place a bard on
the Bard, an epithet of William Shakespeare

mid-15c., from Scottish, from Old Celtic bardos “poet, singer,” from PIE root *gwer- “to lift up the voice, praise.” In historical times, a term of contempt among the Scots (who considered them itinerant troublemakers), but one of great respect among the Welsh.

All vagabundis, fulis, bardis, scudlaris, and siclike idill pepill, sall be brint on the cheek. [local Scottish ordinance, c.1500]

Subsequently idealized by Scott in the more ancient sense of “lyric poet, singer.” Poetic use of the word in English is from Greek bardos, Latin bardus, both from Gaulish.


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