- The definition of a bard is an ancient person who composes and signs poems about heroes and epic events.
A minstrel is an example of a bard.
An engraving of the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare.
bard definition by Webster's New World
- an ancient Celtic poet and singer of epic poems, who accompanied himself on the harp
- any of various other national minstrels or epic poets
- a poet
Origin: Gaelic and amp; Ir: see grace
- bardic adjective
Origin: French barde ; from Spanish or Italian barda, leather armor for horses ; from Arabic barda ʿa, saddle, packsaddle
bard definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One of an ancient Celtic order of minstrel poets who composed and recited verses celebrating the legendary exploits of chieftains and heroes.
- A poet, especially a lyric poet.
Origin: Middle English, from Irish and Scottish Gaelic bard and from Welsh bardd; see gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots.
- bardˈic adjective
- To equip (a horse) with bards.
- To cover (meat) in thin pieces of bacon or fat to preserve moisture during cooking.
Origin: Middle English barde, from Old French, from Old Italian barda, from Arabic barda‘a, packsaddle, from Persian pardah; see purdah.