From Middle French, from Old French bastard (“child of a nobleman by a woman other than his wife”), from Medieval Latin bastardus (“illegitimate child”), from Proto-Germanic *banstuz, *bunstuz (“a bond”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- (“to tie, bind”) + -ard. Cognate with Old Frisian bōst (“marriage”), Middle Dutch basture (“whore, prostitute”) (from bast + hure).
- a bastard (person born to unmarried parents)
- (botany) a hybrid plant
- a batard (short baguette)
- a mutt
- "bâtard" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
bâtard m (plural bâtards)