From Middle English Rycharde, from Old French Richard, from Medieval Latin Richardus and Ricohardus, from Frankish *Rīkahard, from Proto-Germanic *Rīkaharduz, a construction of *rīks (“king, ruler”) + *harduz (“hard, brave”). Cognate with Old High German Rīcohard (“Richard”). A hypothetical Old English equivalent *Rīċheard would also yield an identical "Richard" in Modern English, though it is unknown if the Old English equivalent existed.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɹɪt͡ʃ.əd/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɹɪt͡ʃ.ɚd/
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Richard (plural Richards)
- A male given name from the Germanic languages.
- c. 1593 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene ii]:
- What! do I fear myself? there's no one else by; / Richard loves Richard; that is, I am I.
- 1629, Thomas Adams, Meditations upon Creed: The Works of Thomas Adams, James Nichol (1862), volume 3, page 212:
- But we have known Williams and Richards, names not found in sacred story, but familiar to our country, prove as gracious saints as any Safe deliverance, Fight the good fight of faith, or such like,
- 1985, William Wharton, Pride, →ISBN, page 97:
- I'd love to live in our castle. First I'd change my name from Dickie to Richard. That's my real name and it's a good king name. I don't like being called Dickie anyway, and I don't want to be Dick Junior either because everybody starts calling you Junior. What I'd like to be called is Rich but I don't know how to start people doing it.
- (rare compared to given name) A surname originating as a patronymic.
- Martin Richard, the youngest of three people killed by explosions at the Boston Marathon in 2013
From English Richard, from Middle English Rycharde, from Old French Richard, from Medieval Latin Richardus and Ricohardus, from Frankish *Rīkahard, from Proto-Germanic *Rīkaharduz, a construction of *rīks (“king, ruler”) + *harduz (“hard, brave”).
- a male given name from the Germanic languages
For quotations using this term, see Citations:Richard.
- (Hong Kong Cantonese, minced oath, euphemistic) Synonym of
- 咦，Richard好Richard喎！受過高等教育定啦！ [Cantonese, trad.]
- From: 1996, Stephen Chow, The God of Cookery
- ji2, wit1 cat4 hou2 wit1 cat4 wo3! sau6 gwo3 gou1 dang2 gaau3 juk6 ding6-2 laa3! [Jyutping]
- Hey Dick, you look like a dick! You must have received higher education!
咦，Richard好Richard㖞！受过高等教育定啦！ [Cantonese, simp.]
Richard m anim
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Richard m (Limousin)
- a male given name
- Yves Lavalade, Dictionnaire d'usage occitan/français - Limousin, Marche, Périgord, Institut d'Estudis Occitans dau Lemosin, 2010, →ISBN; page 496
- “Richard”, in Slovníkový portál Jazykovedného ústavu Ľ. Štúra SAV [Dictionary portal of the Ľ. Štúr Institute of Linguistics, Slovak Academy of Science] (in Slovak), https://slovnik.juls.savba.sk, 2023
- IPA(key): /ˈrit͡ʃaɾd/ [ˈri.t͡ʃaɾð̞]
- Rhymes: -itʃaɾd
- IPA(key): /ɹɪt͡ʃɚd/ [ɹɪt͡ʃɚð̞]
- Syllabification: Ri‧chard
- a male given name from English
Richard c (genitive Richards)
-  Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, →ISBN: 17 105 males with the given name Richard (compared to 10 124 named Rikard and 22 341 named Rickard) living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 1980s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.