bayard the knight without fear and without rep-roach


[bey-erd; for 1 also French ba-yar]
Pierre Terrail [pyer te-ra-yuh] , Seigneur de [se-nyœr duh] , ("the knight without fear and without reproach") 1473–1524, heroic French soldier.
any man of heroic courage and unstained honor.
a male given name. Unabridged
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Bayard1 (ˈbeɪəd)
a legendary horse that figures prominently in medieval romance

Bayard2 (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 & History

generic or mock-heroic name for a horse, late 14c., from O.Fr. Baiard, name of the bay-colored magic steed given by Charlemagne to Renaud in the legends, from O.Fr. baiart "bay-colored" (see bay (4)). The name also was used attributively of gentlemen of courage and integrity,
in this sense from Pierre du Terrail, seigneur de Bayard (1473-1524), Fr. knight celebrated as Chevalier sans peur et sans reproche; however the meaning deteriorated in later times till it came to denote blind recklessness and even actual blindness. The surname is perhaps in reference to hair color.
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