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Bayard

[bey-erd] /ˈbeɪ ərd/
noun
1.
a magical legendary horse in medieval chivalric romances.
2.
a mock-heroic name for any horse.
3.
(lowercase) Archaic. a bay horse.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French; see bay5, -ard

Bayard

[bey-erd; for 1 also French ba-yar] /ˈbeɪ ərd; for 1 also French baˈyar/
noun
1.
Pierre Terrail
[pyer te-ra-yuh] /pyɛr tɛˈra yə/ (Show IPA),
Seigneur de
[se-nyœr duh] /sɛˈnyœr də/ (Show IPA),
("the knight without fear and without reproach") 1473–1524, heroic French soldier.
2.
any man of heroic courage and unstained honor.
3.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for Bayard

Bayard1

/ˈbeɪəd/
noun
1.
a legendary horse that figures prominently in medieval romance

Bayard2

/ˈbeɪəd; French bajar/
noun
1.
Chevalier de (ʃəvalje də), original name Pierre de Terrail ?1473–1524, French soldier, known as le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche (the fearless and irreproachable knight)
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Word Origin and History for Bayard
n.

generic or mock-heroic name for a horse, mid-14c., from Old French Baiard, name of the bay-colored magic steed given by Charlemagne to Renaud in the legends, from Old French baiart "bay-colored" (see bay (adj.)). Also by early 14c. proverbial as a blind person or thing, for now-unknown reasons. The name later was used attributively of gentlemen of courage and integrity, in this sense from Pierre du Terrail, seigneur de Bayard (1473-1524), French knight celebrated as Chevalier sans peur et sans reproche. The surname is perhaps in reference to hair color.

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