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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English parde, from Latin pardus, from Ancient Greek πάρδος (párdos), possibly of Iranian origin and related to other Sanskrit and Ancient Greek terms (see leopard).


pard (plural pards)

  1. (archaic) A leopard; a panther.
    • 1813, John Mason Good, Pantologia. A new (cabinet) cyclopædia, by J.M. Good, O. Gregory, and N. Bosworth assisted by other gentlemen of eminence, page 41:
      In a mistake of the gall-bladder for some part of South America it is mostly found in the pard []
    • 1902, Richard Thayer Holbrook, Dante and the Animal Kingdom:
      St. Jerome takes the pard of Jeremiah to mean the onslaught of Alexander upon India. His contemporary, St. Ambrose, avers that the pard’s variety of hue signifies the various impulses of the soul.
    • 2014 June 15, Desmond Morris, Leopard, Reaktion Books, →ISBN:
      Centuries ago it was believed that the leopard was a cross between a lion and a pard, hence its title of leo-pard. Some authorities said that a pard was another name for a panther and others stated that a panther was a female leopard. The relationship between the pard, the panther and the leopard kept changing until, at last, the great Dr Johnson in his 1760 dictionary declared bluntly that a panther was a pard and that a pard was a leopard. In other words, the three animals were one and the same. After Johnson's time the pard faded into history, but the panther managed to survive [] .

Etymology 2[edit]

From pardner (partner), by shortening.


pard (plural pards)

  1. (colloquial) Partner; fellow; Used as a friendly appellation
    • 1882, James Jackson, Tom Terror, the Outlaw:
      He had long believed, in secret, that his old pard, Tom Terror, was the leader of the Thugs that infested the famous pass; he was confident of it now, and it would be safe to say that, as he rode along, his neck did not itch as formerly.
    • 1898, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Man with the Watches:
      'He's my pard, and you shall not bully him,' he cried.
    • 1914, Bram Stoker, The Squaw:
      The American thrust a gold piece into his hand, saying: 'Take it, pard! it's your pot; and don't be skeer'd. This ain't no necktie party that you're asked to assist in!'




pard (nominative plural pards)

  1. forgiveness