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



    BrE BrE//ˈbɒlɑːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːlərd//
    Controlling traffic, Travelling by boat or ship
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  1. 1(British English) a short thick post that is used to stop vehicles from going on to a road or part of a road See related entries: Controlling traffic
  2. 2a short thick post on a ship, or on land close to water, to which a ship’s rope may be tied See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in sense (2)): perhaps from Old Norse bolr; perhaps related to baulk + -ard.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bollard