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



BrE BrE//bɑːd//
; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrd//
(literary) People in publishing
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a person who writes poems the Bard of Avon (= Shakespeare) See related entries: People in publishing Word OriginMiddle English: from Scottish Gaelic bàrd, Irish bard, Welsh bardd, of Celtic origin. In Scotland in the 16th cent. it was a derogatory term for a travelling musician, but was later romanticized by Sir Walter Scott.
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