American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Bayard, Seigneur de. Originally Pierre Terrail. 1473-1524. French military hero known for his fearlessness and chivalry in the Italian campaigns of Charles VII, Louis XII, and Francis I.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bay; of a bay color: applied to a horse.
- n. A bay horse; generally, any horse: formerly frequent in proverbial use, especially with the epithet blind or bold.
- n. A person who is self-confident and ignorant: usually with the epithet blind or bold.
- n. A kind of hand-barrow used for carrying heavy loads, especially of stones.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Properly, a bay horse, but often any horse. Commonly in the phrase
blind bayard, an old blind horse.
- n. obsolete A stupid, clownish fellow.
- n. French soldier said to be fearless and chivalrous (1473-1524)
“My only disappointment in Bayard's writing was that at times the dialect seemed too British, particularly early in the book and when relating the comments of lower-class characters (e.g., at one point a character complains of being “peached” – informed upon – which to me sounds more like Dickens than Dumas).”
“Louis Bayard is also the author of Mr. Timothy, a New York Times Notable Book.”
“I couldn2t call Bayard a friendnot reallyand was I really his squire, when he had forced me into service?”
“Everything has its value: the same Edward had spent fifty pounds over a horse called Bayard, and seventy for another called Labryt, which was dapple-grey.”
“That courtesy title which flies to the mind whenever the name Bayard is mentioned -- "The Good Knight without Fear and without Reproach" -- is no fancy name bestowed by modern admirers, but was elicited by the hero's merits in his own day and from his own people.”
“The first of these, indeed, may fairly be called the Bayard of American history, the cavalier without fear and without reproach.”
“In Norman French it became "bonne," and in the fourteenth century was applied to the round loaf of bread given to a horse; the loaf was called Bayard's bonne (pronounced "bun").”
“Nicholson, whose chivalrous bravery placed him on a par with Outram, who was called the Bayard of the British army.”
“Price, 23, who lives in York, Pa., and was visiting Maryland for the weekend, said he began calling Bayard's cellphone - worried that he might not have been sober enough to drive - and does not remember whether he reached him.”
“The main ingredient throughout was, of course, the Big Apple, and it was nice to see the chefs hit up Grand Central, the Staten Island Ferry, Governors Island and of course their residence, 20 Bayard, which is located at the front lines of gentrification in Williamsburg.”
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