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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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  • Take down your placard from the Vicarage gate and put up one of my own in its place.

    Mothwise Knut Hamsun
  • So far as Alice was concerned Russell might have worn a placard, "Engaged."

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • He was the height of wit and fashion—daring openly to placard the walls of the town with his notices of smugglers' sales.

    Ralestone Luck Andre Norton
  • Jed explained why the placard had been prepared and affixed to the door.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The horse was then asked: "Upon which placard is the word 'Hans'?"

    Clever Hans Oskar Pfungst
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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