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bard1

[bahrd] /bɑrd/
noun
1.
(formerly) a person who composed and recited epic or heroic poems, often while playing the harp, lyre, or the like.
2.
one of an ancient Celtic order of composers and reciters of poetry.
3.
any poet.
4.
the bard, William Shakespeare.
Origin of bard1
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Celtic; compare Irish, Scots Gaelic bard, Welsh bardd, Breton barz < Indo-European *gwrs-do-s singer, akin to Albanian grisha (I) invited (to a wedding)
Related forms
bardic, adjective
bardish, bardlike, adjective
bardship, noun
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Historical Examples
  • Laying aside these bardic properties, there really is little in the song that can be traced directly back to Ossian.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • We shall notice also that the bardic machinery and Ossians imagery are not neglected.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • During the shadowy period that follows down to the Christian era, we hear little of Tara even in bardic history.

  • In all these bardic songs Gleims influence is distinctly noticeable.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • This is the first instance we have of the employment of a bardic pseudonym.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • It is written in the bardic spirit with here and there an Ossianic touch.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • Such a custom would contravene the principles of the druidic or bardic system, which prohibited them from using arms.

  • In the same magazine we have several other bardic songs by Haschka.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • Such is the bardic history of Ireland, but with this literary defect.

  • The bardic poems are naturally, as a rule, of a lyric nature.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
British Dictionary definitions for bardic

bard1

/bɑːd/
noun
1.
  1. (formerly) one of an ancient Celtic order of poets who recited verses about the exploits, often legendary, of their tribes
  2. (in modern times) a poet who wins a verse competition at a Welsh eisteddfod
2.
(archaic or literary) any poet, esp one who writes lyric or heroic verse or is of national importance
Derived Forms
bardic, adjective
bardism, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Scottish Gaelic; related to Welsh bardd

bard2

/bɑːd/
noun
1.
a piece of larding bacon or pork fat placed on game or lean meat during roasting to prevent drying out
2.
an ornamental caparison for a horse
verb (transitive)
3.
to place a bard on
Word Origin
C15: from Old French barde, from Old Italian barda, from Arabic barda`ah packsaddle

Bard

/bɑːd/
noun
1.
the Bard, an epithet of William Shakespeare
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Word Origin and History for bardic
adj.

1775, from bard + -ic.

bard

n.

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.

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