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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ There was also a small contingent of Napster supporters carrying placards in support of the beleaguered music-swapping service.
▪ A small group of black dancers picketed the theater for two days, carrying placards and occasionally shouting slogans.
▪ More than fifty dyslexic children lined the paths carrying placards.
▪ Typically, about a dozen of the demonstrators carried six-foot wooden placards with giant photos of aborted fetuses.
▪ They were carrying placards and posters.
▪ Today the man carrying the placard warning that the end is nigh may well be wearing a white laboratory coat.
▪ They're carrying placards supporting a doctor who practises environmental medicine.
▪ And would they be willing to carry their placards outside polluting workplaces?
▪ We don't hold up placards telling the audience what to do.
▪ They shout, sing and hold their placards high, demanding the right to a clean, safe, healthy environment.
▪ He waved the placard in a wild and thoroughly stupid manner.
▪ And then her teenage years will be spent ripping up trees and waving placards outside the U.S.
▪ One placard in the crowd read, "Enough is enough!"
▪ A small group of black dancers picketed the theater for two days, carrying placards and occasionally shouting slogans.
▪ At Starbucks' corporate headquarters, the signature mermaid placard toppled into the parking lot below.
▪ He turned, like a winning boxer, and raised up both arms, still brandishing the placard.
▪ He waved the placard in a wild and thoroughly stupid manner.
▪ However, the department says it can do nothing about people with questionable disabilities legitimately obtaining a placard.
▪ It voted last week to determine whether doctors are giving placards to the undeserving.
▪ The men, members of the gay rights group Outrage, paraded placards in front of the altar before leaving peacefully.
▪ This made a placard spring out in the kitchen.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Placard \Pla*card"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Placarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Placarding.]

  1. To post placards upon or within; as, to placard a wall, to placard the city.

  2. To announce by placards; as, to placard a sale.


Placard \Pla*card"\, n. [F., fr. plaquer to lay or clap on, plaque plate, tablet; probably from Dutch, cf. D. plakken to paste, post up, plak a flat piece of wood.]

  1. A public proclamation; a manifesto or edict issued by authority. [Obs.]

    All placards or edicts are published in his name.

  2. Permission given by authority; a license; as, to give a placard to do something. [Obs.]

  3. A written or printed paper, as an advertisement or a declaration, posted, or to be posted, in a public place; a poster.

  4. (Anc. Armor) An extra plate on the lower part of the breastplate or backplate.

  5. [Cf. Placket.] A kind of stomacher, often adorned with jewels, worn in the fifteenth century and later.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., "formal document authenticated by an affixed seal," from Middle French placquard "official document with a large, flat seal," also "plate of armor," from Old French plaquier "to lay on, cover up, plaster over," from Middle Dutch placken "to patch (a garment), to plaster," related to Middle High German placke "patch, stain," German Placken "spot, patch." Meaning "poster" first recorded 1550s in English; this sense is in Middle French from 15c.


n. 1 A sheet of paper or cardboard with a written or printed announcement on one side for display in a public place. 2 (context obsolete English) A public proclamation; a manifesto or edict issued by authority. 3 (context obsolete English) Permission given by authority; a license. 4 (context historical English) An extra plate on the lower part of the breastplate or backplate of armour. 5 (context historical English) A kind of stomacher, often adorned with jewels, worn in the fifteenth century and later. vb. 1 To affix a placard to. 2 To announce with placards.

  1. n. a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement; "a poster advertised the coming attractions" [syn: poster, posting, notice, bill, card]

  2. v. post in a public place

  3. publicize or announce by placards [syn: bill]


A placard is a notice installed in a public place, like a small card, sign, or plaque. It can be attached to or hung from a vehicle or building to indicate information about the vehicle operator or contents of a vehicle or building. It can also refer to paperboard signs or notice carried by picketers or demonstrators.

Usage examples of "placard".

That gentleman was a sort of Barnum, the director of a troupe of mountebanks, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, equilibrists, and gymnasts, who, according to the placard, was giving his last performances before leaving the Empire of the Sun for the States of the Union.

Mering waylaid me on my way to the fishpond and sent me to put up placards in the village, and it was nearly noon by the time I got back.

Testelin took the pencil, went up to the placard, and wrote his name beneath mine, then he gave the pencil to Gambon, who in turn wrote his name beneath that of Testelin.

The books and the placards and the gimcrackery would all be put away or discarded, and the shadow of that coming event reached forward.

Despite the ratany silt-break, several inches of pearly loess covered the walkways, and so much dust clung to the building placards that Agis could barely make out the pictures engraved on their surfaces.

Le Petit Matelot,--the first of those shops which have since been established in Paris with more or less of painted signs, floating banners, show-cases filled with swinging shawls, cravats arranged like houses of cards, and a thousand other commercial seductions, such as fixed prices, fillets of suspended objects, placards, illusions and optical effects carried to such a degree of perfection that a shop-front has now become a commercial poem.

POLICE BRUTALITY placards in their impassive faces: Kelly had been jailed three times for throwing eggs and once for using a paintball gun.

Sons of Liberty had another placard up near the Vly Market last night, and that Sir Henry Clinton is in great wrath because they are growing daring again.

An elderly birdwoman, whose placard proclaimed her a member of the Senior Citizens Harlan Grzyb Fan Club, was trying to fight her way through the zealous Yoe admirers by swinging out with her plexiglaz crutch.

Immediately placards were issued from Conciliation Hall, and were posted in town and country, announcing the event.

All three were imbued with this notion, that our appeal to arms not having yet been placarded, the different incidents of the Boulevarde du Temple and of the Cafe Bonvalet having brought about no results, none of our decrees, owing to the repressive measures of Bonaparte, having yet succeeded in appearing, while the events at the Mairie of the Tenth Arrondissement began to be spread abroad through Paris, it seemed as though the Right had commenced active resistance before the Left.

Other lithographic placards contained in two parallel columns the decree of deposition drawn up by the Right at the Mairie of the Tenth Arrondissement, and the decree of outlawry voted by the Left.

Cases filled with arrowheads and stone tools, scraps of pottery and basketry stood under placards describing the prehistory of the county.

He quickly learned that it would cost him all of his ten monits to go inside, but other information presented on the placards seemed contradictory and confusing.

But it is my balsamic advice, that rather than promulgate this matter, the two malcontents should abdicate, and that a precept should be placarded at this sederunt as if they were not here, but had resigned and evaded their places, precursive to the meeting.