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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from mazer, the head being compared to a large goblet.

Alternative forms[edit]


mazard (plural mazards)

  1. (archaic slang) Head; skull.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare (author), Barbara A Mowat and Paul Westine (eds.), Hamlet, Washington Square Press (1992), lines 90–92,
      And now my Lady Worm's, chapless and knocked about the mazard with a sexton's spade.

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare French merise (wild cherry).


mazard (plural mazards)

  1. A kind of small black cherry.