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[plak-ahrd, -erd] /ˈplæk ɑrd, -ərd/
a paperboard sign or notice, as one posted in a public place or carried by a demonstrator or picketer.
Armor. placate2 .
verb (used with object)
to display placards on or in:
The square was placarded by peace marchers.
to publicize, announce, or advertise by means of placards.
to post as a placard.
Origin of placard
1475-85; < Middle French. See plaque, -ard
Related forms
placarder, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for placard
  • Though they proved much less strident and better humoured in conversation than the placard would have you believe.
  • Even a placard on a kamikaze plane fails to mention that the pilot was thus on a suicide mission.
  • The demo does the talking, not some placard tacked on at the end.
  • She also cited his conviction for forging a parking placard and changes he made to a report he had drafted about the collapse.
  • They put a placard in the window saying where they were headed and took only fares going in that direction.
  • The placard which appeared in our streets spoke of the law as having been a dead letter for forty years.
  • Dime to a dollar, you had her election placard in your window, voted for her and will vote for her the next time around.
  • Your hotel concierge can help, or you can check the service placard in your hotel room for the number and call directly.
  • The first step toward acquiring a placard is determining the appropriate option for you.
  • If your disabled placard was stolen, please report it to your local law enforcement agency.
British Dictionary definitions for placard


a printed or written notice for public display; poster
a small plaque or card
verb (transitive)
to post placards on or in
to publicize or advertise by placards
to display as a placard
Word Origin
C15: from Old French plaquart, from plaquier to plate, lay flat; see plaque
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Word Origin and History for placard

late 15c., "formal document authenticated by an affixed seal," from Middle French placquard "official document with a large, flat seal," also "plate of armor," from Old French plaquier "to lay on, cover up, plaster over," from Middle Dutch placken "to patch (a garment), to plaster," related to Middle High German placke "patch, stain," German Placken "spot, patch." Meaning "poster" first recorded 1550s in English; this sense is in Middle French from 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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