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archaic or , literary
1A poet, traditionally one reciting epics and associated with a particular oral tradition: our national bard, Robert Burns
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  • On a dozen axes of values, then, there is a deep congruity, much of it reflecting the influence of the archaic epic bard on the nineteenth-century novelist.
  • These two kinds of periodicity may coincide, as in carefully end-stopped lines, or in the formulae chosen over centuries by the bards of oral traditions.
  • From 1808 to 1834 Moore continued to add to his Irish Melodies, which established him as the national bard of Ireland.
1.1 (the Bard or the Bard of Avon) Shakespeare.
1.2 (Bard) The winner of a prize for Welsh verse at an Eisteddfod: he was admitted as a Bard at the National Eisteddfod
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  • The Crowning of the Bard is one of the most important events in an eisteddfod
  • Eisteddfod literally means a sitting (eistedd = to sit), perhaps a reference to the hand-carved chair traditionally awarded to the best poet in the ceremony 'The Crowning of the Bard'.
  • Today the term 'bard' in Wales means the victor at an eisteddfod, whether in poetry or music.


Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːdɪk/
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  • An Arthurian element surfaces in later genres of literature such as stories or apologues in bardic verse, ballads and oral tales, and even genealogies.
  • The most famous early bardic poets, Taliesin and Aneirin, wrote epic poems about Welsh events and legends around the seventh century.
  • The bardic elements ring clear in the early work of both poets and became an essential part of whatever either moved on into.


Middle English: from Scottish Gaelic bàrd, Irish bard, Welsh bardd, of Celtic origin. In Scotland in the 16th century it was a derogatory term for an itinerant musician, but was later romanticized by Sir Walter Scott.

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A rasher of fat bacon placed on meat or game before roasting.


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Cover (meat or game) with rashers of fat bacon: the venison was barded and marinated
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  • To bard meat, you cover the meat with a thin layer of fat or fatty bacon and secure with butcher’s string.
  • Pork or other fat can be used to bard meat.
  • To bard meat, simply lay strips of fat over the surface, or use kitchen string to tie on the fat.


Early 18th century: from French barde, a transferred sense of barde 'armour for the breast and flanks of a warhorse', based on Arabic barḏa'a 'saddlecloth, padded saddle'.

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