Definition of sward noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//swɔːd//
; NAmE NAmE//swɔːrd//
[countable, uncountable] (literary)
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an area of grass Some sat on the ground, others danced on the green sward. Word OriginOld English sweard ‘skin’. The sense ‘upper layer of soil’ developed in late Middle English (at first in phrases such as sward of the earth).
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