the growth of hair on the face of an adult man, often including a mustache.
Zoology. a tuft, growth, or part resembling or suggesting a human beard, as the tuft of long hairs on the lower jaw of a goat or the cluster of hairlike feathers at the base of the bill in certain birds.
Botany. a tuft or growth of awns or the like, as on wheat or barley.
a barb or catch on an arrow, fishhook, knitting needle, crochet needle, etc.
Also called bevel neck. Printing.
the sloping part of a type that connects the face with the shoulder of the body.
British. the space on a type between the bottom of the face of an x-high character and the edge of the body, comprising both beard and shoulder.
the cross stroke on the stem of a capital G. See diag. under type.
verb (used with object)
to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of: The hoodlums bearded the old man.
to oppose boldly; defy: It took courage for the mayor to beard the pressure groups.
to supply with a beard.

before 900; Middle English berd, Old English beard; cognate with German Bart, Dutch baard, Late Latin Langobardi Long-beards, name of the Lombards, Crimean Gothic bars, Latin barba (> Welsh barf), Lithuanian barzdà, OCS brada, Russian borodá; European Indo-European *bHaer-dhā, perhaps akin to barley1

beardlike, adjective
unbeard, verb (used with object)

7. confront, brave, dare, face, challenge. Unabridged


Charles Austin, 1874–1948, and his wife Mary, 1876–1958, U.S. historians.
Daniel Carter, 1850–1941, U.S. artist and naturalist: organized the Boy Scouts of America in 1910.
James Andrew, 1903–85, U.S. cooking teacher and food writer. Unabridged
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beard (bɪəd)
1.  the hair growing on the lower parts of a man's face
2.  any similar growth in animals
3.  a tuft of long hairs in plants such as barley and wheat; awn
4.  the gills of an oyster
5.  a barb, as on an arrow or fish-hook
6.  slang a woman who accompanies a homosexual man to give the impression that he is heterosexual
7.  printing the part of a piece of type that connects the face with the shoulder
8.  to oppose boldly or impertinently
9.  to pull or grasp the beard of
[Old English beard; related to Old Norse barth, Old High German bart, Latin barba]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. beard "beard," from W.Gmc. *barthaz (cf. O.Fris. berd, M.Du. baert, Ger. bart), seemingly from PIE *bhar-dha "beard" (cf. O.C.S. brada, Lith. barzda, and perhaps L. barba "beard"). The verb is from M.E. phrase rennen in berd "oppose openly," on the same notion as modern slang get in (someone's)
face. Pubic hair sense is from 1600s; in the 1811 "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," the phrase beard-splitter is defined as, "A man much given to wenching" (see beaver).
"The Grecian beard was curly; the Roman, trimmed; but in the Roman Empire shaving became general about 450 B.C., partly for greater safety in close combat, not to be grasped by the beard. When Pope Leo III shaved, in 795, the Roman Catholic clergy followed his practice, and still generally do." [Shipley, p.28]
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Science Dictionary
beard   (bîrd)  Pronunciation Key 
A tuft or group of hairs or bristles on certain plants, such as barley and wheat. The individual strands of a beard are attached to a sepal or petal.
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Beard definition

The mode of wearing it was definitely prescribed to the Jews (Lev. 19:27; 21:5). Hence the import of Ezekiel's (5:1-4) description of the "razor" i.e., the agents of an angry providence being used against the guilty nation of the Jews. It was a part of a Jew's daily toilet to anoint his beard with oil and perfume (Ps. 133:2). Beards were trimmed with the most fastidious care (2 Sam. 19:24), and their neglet was an indication of deep sorrow (Isa. 15:2; Jer. 41:5). The custom was to shave or pluck off the hair as a sign of mourning (Isa. 50:6; Jer. 48:37; Ezra 9:3). The beards of David's ambassadors were cut off by hanun (2 Sam. 10:4) as a mark of indignity. On the other hand, the Egyptians carefully shaved the hair off their faces, and they compelled their slaves to do so also (Gen. 41:14).

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Example sentences for Beard
It is the face of a man of about forty, with a small beard and a high colour.
The head has a long mane, beard, prominent eyes, crest on nose, but no horns.
He was short and lively, wore a beard and simple peasant garb.
Sikhs consider the beard to be part of the nobility and dignity of their
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