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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Ben Izzy, 37, studied storytelling and writing at Stanford University before traveling to 23 countries as a globetrotting bard.
▪ I can be a bard, a philosopher, an actor.
▪ The bard was fair, but she must teach them some court dances, Elizabeth thought.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Eelpout \Eel"pout`\, n. [AS. ?lepute.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. A European fish ( Zoarces viviparus), remarkable for producing living young; -- called also greenbone, guffer, bard, and Maroona eel. Also, an American species ( Z. anguillaris), -- called also mutton fish, and, erroneously, congo eel, ling, and lamper eel. Both are edible, but of little value.

  2. A fresh-water fish, the burbot.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A professional poet and singer, as among the ancient Celts, whose occupation was to compose and sing verses in honor of the heroic achievements of princes and brave men. 2 (context by extension English) A poet. Etymology 2

n. 1 A piece of defensive (or, sometimes, ornamental) armor for a horse's neck, breast, and flanks; a barb. (Often in the plural.) 2 Defensive armor formerly worn by a man at arms. 3 (context cooking English) A thin slice of fat bacon used to cover any meat or game. 4 The exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree; the rind. 5 Specifically, Peruvian bark. vb. 1 To cover a horse in defensive armor. 2 (context cooking English) To cover (meat or game) with a thin slice of fat bacon.


v. put a caparison on; "caparison the horses for the festive occasion" [syn: caparison, dress up]

  1. n. a lyric poet

  2. an ornamental caparison for a horse


Bård is a Norwegian given name for males. It is a Norwegian form of the Old Norse name Bárðr. Sometimes it also appears as a surname. It may refer to:

Bard (Soviet Union)

The term bard came to be used in the Soviet Union in the early 1960s, and continues to be used in Russia today, to refer to singer-songwriters who wrote songs outside the Soviet establishment, similarly to folk singers of the American folk music revival. Because in bard music songwriters perform their own songs, the genre is also commonly referred to as author song ("авторская песня" avtorskaya pesnya). Bard poetry differs from other poetry mainly in being sung with simple guitar accompaniment as opposed to being spoken. Another difference is that it focuses less on style and more on meaning. This means that fewer stylistic devices are used, and the poetry is often in the form of a narrative. What separates bard poetry from other songs is that the music is far less important than the lyrics; chord progressions are often very simple and tend to repeat from one bard song to another. A far more obvious difference is the commerce-free nature of the genre; songs are written to be sung and not to be sold, as the bards are often working professionals in a non-musical occupation.

Stylistically, the precursors to bard songs were Russian "city romances", also known as urban romances, which touched upon common life and were popular throughout all layers of Russian society in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. These romances were traditionally written in a minor key and performed with a guitar accompaniment.

Bard poetry may be roughly classified into two main genres: tourist song and political song, although some other subgenres are also recognized, such as outlaw song and pirate song.

Initially the term "bard" was used by fans of the tourist song genre, and outside those circles, the term was often perceived as slightly derisive. However, there was a need for a term to distinguish this style of song from the traditional mainstream pop song, and the term eventually stuck.

Many bards performed their songs for small groups of people using a Russian guitar, and rarely, if ever, would they be accompanied by other musicians or singers. Those who became popular were eventually able to hold modest concerts. Bards were rarely permitted to record their music, given the political nature of many of their songs. As a result, bard tunes usually made their way around via the copying of amateur recordings (known as magnitizdat) made at concerts, particularly those songs that were of a political nature.

Bard (disambiguation)

A bard is a minstrel in medieval Scottish, Irish and Welsh societies; and later re-used by romantic writers.

Bard, BARD, The Bard or Bård may also refer to:

Bard (album)

Bard is the third studio album by the English progressive rock band, Big Big Train. It was released in 2002 by Treefrog Records. It is the only one of their early albums that the band decided not to re-release, and as such it is currently out-of-print.

Bard (Dungeons & Dragons)

The bard is a standard playable character class in many editions of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. The bard class is versatile, capable of combat and of magic ( Divine magic in earlier editions, arcane magic in later editions). Bards use their artistic talents to induce magical effects. The class is loosely based on the special magic that music holds in stories such as The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and in earlier versions was much more akin to being a Celtic Fili or a Norse Skald, although these elements have largely been removed in later editions. Listed inspirations for bards include Taliesin, Homer, Will Scarlet and Alan-a-Dale.

Bard (surname)

Bard is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Alexander Bard (born 1961), Swedish philosopher and musician
  • Allen J. Bard (born 1933), American chemist
  • Ben Bard (1893-1974), American actor
  • Charles Bard, 2nd Viscount Bellomont (1647-1667)
  • Daniel Bard (born 1985), American baseball pitcher
  • David Bard (1744-1815), United States Representative from Pennsylvania
  • Guy K. Bard (1895-1953), American judge and politician
  • Henri Bard (1892-1951), French footballer
  • Henry Bard, 1st Viscount Bellomont (1616-1656)
  • Howard B. Bard (1870-1954), American Unitarian minister
  • Joseph Bard (1882-1975), expatriate Hungarian writer
  • Josh Bard (born 1978), American baseball catcher and designated hitter
  • Maria Bard (1900-1944), German stage actress
  • Mitchell Bard, American foreign policy analyst
  • Ralph Austin Bard (1884-1975), Assistant Secretary of the Navy 1941–1944
  • Samuel Bard (physician) (1742-1821)
  • Samuel Bard (politician) (1825-1878), Governor of Idaho Territory
  • Thomas R. Bard (1841-1915), American politician from California

Fictional characters:

  • Jason Bard, a character in DC Comics

Usage examples of "bard".

On arriving within gunshot of the fort he ordered us to quicken our pace to gain a little bridle-path on the left, leading to the summit of Mont Albaredo, and turning the town and fort of Bard.

The few times it became necessary for a bard to ride, younger bards, those closest to their lives before the bardic Hall, were invariably chosen.

The ways of Barding are many, but all are important in the life of this land, and all meet in singing, which braids together the different knowings into a wide and subtle music, the music of living.

But elsewhere there are other forces at work that blacken the names of Bards and the arts of Barding, sowing lies to plant suspicion where once was trust, and hatred where once was love.

Bards, perhaps about half of them, come from families in which Barding has never been knownI am one of thoseothers do not.

Maerad had been about to ask him why his Barding had led him to search out the Dark.

Maerad and Cadvan agreed to keep quiet about Barding, and Maerad had no lessons the next nightfall.

Maninae was unusual in that he was both a King and a Bard, although in him the Barding was not strong and he forswore Barding when he became King.

The unity of Edil-Amarandh was a result of the influence of Barding, rather than any enforcement under Kings.

This was because of the dual authorities of Barding and ruling authorities, both of which shared governance of their various peoples, and which by their complex nature mitigated against absolute rule.

But more than that, she seemed to have an innate knowledge of Barding, which her teachers merely had to reawaken.

Schools, did not remember the broader patterns of responsibilities and kinship that operated in Barding households, and it struck her for the first time.

Although Lyla was not a Bard, her father had taught her many Barding skills: she was formidably well readespecially when compared to Maerad, who had hardly read any books at alland knew most of the great lays by heart.

Then along came spring and the barding and wandering season, and everything indoors began looking unspeakably dreary, and everything outdoors began somehow pulling at me, and next thing I knew I was on my way.

At an early age, he completed his training at a renowned barding college and graduated with highest honors.