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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.
1475-85; < Middle French. See plaque, -ard
Related forms
placarder, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for placards
  • Although their placards bore hundreds of different messages, students throughout the city shared similar concerns.
  • Forget placards, stoic bodyguards and formal rallies.
  • Everywhere citizens shouted their opinions, or displayed them on placards.
  • If you look across the placards at the protest, there is no one cause.
  • placards with skulls and crossbones warn of contamination.
  • It is ironic how many stories the media has done lately regarding the misuse of the handicap placards, but the media feels exempt.
  • The accident scene was cordoned off by yellow police tape, and a dozen numbered evidence placards were on the ground.
  • But the price of gas is broadcast on big placards across the country.
  • Information concerning what is needed to obtain disabled registration plates or disabled windshield placards.
  • placards have alternate uses for rail operators, the chemical industry and first responder community.
British Dictionary definitions for placards


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 placards



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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