burd

burd

[burd]
noun Chiefly Scot.
a young lady; maiden.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English burde lady, perhaps representing Old English byrde well born

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burd
poetic word for "woman, lady" in old ballads; later "young lady, maiden;" c.1200, perhaps from O.E. byrde "wealthy, well-born." Or a metathesis of bryd "bride." The masculine equivalent was berne.
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