[plak-ahrd, -erd]
a paperboard sign or notice, as one posted in a public place or carried by a demonstrator or picketer.
Armor. placate2.
verb (used with object)
to display placards on or in: The square was placarded by peace marchers.
to publicize, announce, or advertise by means of placards.
to post as a placard.

1475–85; < Middle French. See plaque, -ard

placarder, noun Unabridged
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placard (ˈplækɑːd)
1.  a printed or written notice for public display; poster
2.  a small plaque or card
3.  to post placards on or in
4.  to publicize or advertise by placards
5.  to display as a placard
[C15: from Old French plaquart, from plaquier to plate, lay flat; see plaque]

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Word Origin & History

1481, "formal document authenticated by an affixed seal," from M.Fr. placquard "official document with a large, flat seal," also "plate of armor," from O.Fr. plaquier "to piece together, stick, plaster," from M.Du. placken "to patch" (a garment), "to plaster," related to placke "patch, stain." Meaning
"poster" first recorded 1560, though this sense is in M.Fr. from 15c.
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Example sentences
Though they proved much less strident and better humoured in conversation than
  the placard would have you believe.
The demo does the talking, not some placard tacked on at the end.
She also cited his conviction for forging a parking placard and changes he made
  to a report he had drafted about the collapse.
They put a placard in the window saying where they were headed and took only
  fares going in that direction.
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