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visard

[viz-erd] /ˈvɪz ərd/
noun
1.

vizard

or visard

[viz-erd] /ˈvɪz ərd/
noun
1.
Archaic. a mask or visor.
Origin of vizard
1545-1555
1545-55; variant of visor; see -ard
Related forms
vizarded, adjective
unvizarded, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • He looks as pale as the visard of the ghost which cries so miserably at the Theatre, like an oyster-wife, "Hamlet, revenge!"

    Shakespearean Playhouses Joseph Quincy Adams
  • A vizor (also spelt visor, visard, vizard) is a mask, “a false face.”

    Milton's Comus John Milton
British Dictionary definitions for visard

vizard

/ˈvɪzəd/
noun
1.
(archaic or literary) a means of disguise; mask; visor
Derived Forms
vizarded, adjective
Word Origin
C16: variant of visor
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Word Origin and History for visard

vizard

n.

"mask," 1550s, altered form of vysar, viser (see visor), by influence of words in -ard. Figurative use from 1570s; common 17c. Also applied to the person with the masks, and used as a verb meaning "to conceal." Related: Vizarded; vizarding.

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