fyrd (plural fyrds)
- (historical) In early Anglo-Saxon times, an army that was mobilized from freemen to defend their shire, or from select representatives to join a royal expedition.
Proto-Germanic *fardiz, from Proto-Indo-European *per-. Cognate with Old Frisian ferd (West Frisian feard), Old Saxon fard (Low German fard), Old Dutch fard (Dutch vaart), Old High German vart (German Fahrt), Old Norse ferð (Danish færd, Swedish färd). The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek πορθμός (porthmós) and Latin portus.
- a national army, the entire land force of a country or nation
- military service
- army, militia; military expedition, campaign