An engraving of the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare.
- 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 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 of bardGaelic and amp; Ir: see grace
Origin of bardFrench barde ; from Spanish or Italian barda, leather armor for horses ; from Arabic barda ʿa, saddle, packsaddle
- 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 of bardMiddle English, from Irish and Scottish Gaelic bard and from Welsh bardd; see gwer&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
transitive verbbard·ed, bard·ing, bards
- To equip (a horse) with bards.
- To cover (meat) in thin pieces of bacon or fat to preserve moisture during cooking.
Origin of bardMiddle English barde, from Old French, from Old Italian barda, from Arabic barda‘a, packsaddle, from Persian pardah; see purdah.
- A piece of defensive (or, sometimes, ornamental) armor for a horse's neck, breast, and flanks; a barb. (Often in the plural.)
- Defensive armor formerly worn by a man at arms.
- (cooking) A thin slice of fat bacon used to cover any meat or game.
- The exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree; the rind.
- Specifically, Peruvian bark.
(third-person singular simple present bards, present participle barding, simple past and past participle barded)
- To cover a horse in defensive armor.
- (cooking) To cover (meat or game) with a thin slice of fat bacon.
From French barde. English since the late 15th century.