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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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  • When they stopped at Bagley, vizard suspected where they were going.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • She is some vizard Miss that ought to be sitting in the slips, I'll be sworn.

    Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Finding Zoe was to be trusted as a county chronicle, vizard turned sharply to her, and said, "And was he flirting with her?"

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • Mr. vizard sent it, with his humble service to your ladyship.

    The Constant Couple George Farquhar
  • vizard was in his box there—Severne in front, till Ina's principal song.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • The city has its vizard on and we—at night we are our naked selves.

    Dramatic Technique George Pierce Baker
  • "The old house will seem very dark again whenever you do go," said vizard, plaintively.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • "As you please," said vizard, with similar indifference; only real.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • She vanished swiftly, and vizard looked to Fanny for a solution.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • While thus employed, there was a sharp tap at his door and vizard's voice outside.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for vizard

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 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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