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[bey-erd; for 1 also French ba-yar] /ˈbeɪ ərd; for 1 also French baˈyar/
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.
any man of heroic courage and unstained honor.
a male given name.


[bey-erd] /ˈbeɪ ərd/
a magical legendary horse in medieval chivalric romances.
a mock-heroic name for any horse.
(lowercase) Archaic. a bay horse.
Origin of Bayard
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French; see bay5, -ard Unabridged
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  • It was Lancelot after the tournament, Bayard receiving felicitations after the battle.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Dr. Bayard drew back his chair an inch or two, but made no apology.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • It made me feel ashamed to be alive—in such a world—why, Mr. Bayard!

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • Let Bayard Taylor paint the result of this fearful struggle.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
  • Bayard Taylor translates: Encheiresin naturae, this Chemistry names, nor knows how herself she banters and blames!

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
  • Mme. Constantin and the others had gathered closer to where Bayard sat.

    Homo F. Hopkinson Smith
  • When the fighting was over, Bayard said: "Gentlemen, we really must take that castle with all the spoils in it."

  • But it isn't fair to Uncle Bayard for me to be away any longer.

British Dictionary definitions for Bayard


a legendary horse that figures prominently in medieval romance


/ˈbeɪəd; French bajar/
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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