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Probably from the same root as build.


beild (plural beilds)

  1. (Scotland, Britain, dialect) A place of shelter; protection; refuge.
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, Book II, lxxxiv:
      This is our beild, the blust'ring winds to shun.
    • (Can we date this quote by Robert Burns and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      The random beild o' clod or stane.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for beild in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Middle English[edit]



  1. Alternative form of belde