From Middle English berd, from Old English beard, from Proto-Germanic *bardaz (cf. West Frisian burd, Dutch baard, German Bart), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰardʰ-eh₂ (cf. Latin barba, Lithuanian barzda, Russian борода (borodá), Albanian brazdë (“furrow”)).
- (UK) IPA: /bɪə(ɹ)d/, X-SAMPA: /bI@(r\)d/
- (US) IPA: /bɪɹd/, /biɚd/, X-SAMPA: /bir\d/, /bi@`d/
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- Rhymes: -ɪə(r)d
beard (plural beards)
- Facial hair on the chin, cheeks and jaw.
- (LGBT, slang) A woman who accompanies a gay male in order to give the impression that he is heterosexual.
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See also 
- Beard on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- moustache, mustache
- sideburns, sideboards
- (obsolete) To grow hair on the chin and jaw.
- To boldly and bravely oppose or confront, often to the chagrin of the one being bearded.
- Robin Hood is always shown as bearding the Sheriff of Nottingham.
- No admiral, bearded by three corrupt and dissolute minions of the palace, dared to do more than mutter something about a court martial.
- Ross Macdonald, The Chill, 1963, pg.92, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
- . . . I bearded the judge in his chambers and told him that it shouldn't be allowed.
- (transitive) To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt.
- (transitive) To deprive (an oyster or similar shellfish) of the gills.