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From Middle English placard ‎(official document), from Middle French placard, placart, plaquart ‎(a placard, a writing pasted on a wall), from The Old French verb plaquer, plaquier ‎(to stick or paste, roughcast), from Middle Dutch placken, plecken ‎(to glue or fasten, plaster, patch), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *plaggą ‎(a piece of cloth, patch), equivalent to plaque +‎ -ard. Related to Middle Low German placken ‎(to smear with lime or clay, plaster), Saterland Frisian Plak, Plakke ‎(a hit, smack, slap), German Placken ‎(a spot, patch), Icelandic plagg ‎(a document), Hebrew פלקט ‎('plakat' a large sheet of paper, typically with a photo or writing, posted on the wall), Thai ประกาศ ‎('prakat' an official announcement), Khmer ប្រកាស ‎(brâkas, 'prakah' an official announcement), English play. Compare also Modern Dutch plakkaat ‎(placard), Saterland Frisian Plakoat ‎(a placard, poster). More at play.



placard ‎(plural placards)

  1. A sheet of paper or cardboard with a written or printed announcement on one side for display in a public place.
  2. (obsolete) A public proclamation; a manifesto or edict issued by authority.
    • Howell
      All placards or edicts are published in his name.
  3. (obsolete) Permission given by authority; a license.
    to give a placard to do something
  4. (historical) An extra plate on the lower part of the breastplate or backplate of armour.
  5. (historical) A kind of stomacher, often adorned with jewels, worn in the fifteenth century and later.



placard ‎(third-person singular simple present placards, present participle placarding, simple past and past participle placarded)

  1. To affix a placard to.
  2. To announce with placards.
    to placard a sale





placard m ‎(plural placards)

  1. a cupboard, cabinet or closet built against or into a wall
  2. an ad that is felt to be injurious, seditious or in otherwise bad taste
  3. (dated) a placard

Usage notes[edit]

  • The use of placards for announcements by authorities having mostly disappeared, the word affiche frequently replaces it in that meaning.

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placard m (plural placards)

  1. placard (public written notice)