American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pack; a bundle.
- n. A burden.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bundle or pack; a burden; hence, anything cumbersome or irksome.
- To make up in packs or bundles.
- n. A fourth part: an old law term.—
- n. A fourth part; a quarter.
- n. obsolete a bundle or burden
- v. obsolete, transitive To make up in fardels.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A bundle or little pack; hence, a burden.
- v. obsolete To make up in fardels.
- From Middle English fardel, from Old French fardel ("pack, bundle"), from Spanish fardel, diminutive of fardo ("pack, bundle"), from Arabic (fardah, "a package"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of farde, package, from Arabic farda, single piece, pack, bundle, from farada, to be separate; see prd in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Harry Potter, Oscar Wilde's one-liners, Waking Ned Devine, the word fardel, the original BBC "The Office," and so on (notably, not the National Health Service, thankyouverymuch).”
“a satisfactory "fardel" brought by Hymen's or any other express company before; and in opening the packages, reading the notes that came with them and exclaiming and admiring, time flew so fast that Rose quite forgot the hour, till little Rose, growing sleepy, reminded her of it by saying, --”
“Why here have we the very impress of young Hamlet's soul -- 'To grunt and sweat beneath a weary life' -- feel you not there compunction and disgust, seeing in life no cleanly burden, but a 'fardel' truly, borne on the greasy shoulders of filthy slaves! ”
“The manner of it was thus: there cometh in to her the laundress early as other times before she was wanted, and the Queen according to such a secret practice putteth on her the hood of the laundress, and so with the fardel of clothes and the muffler upon her face, passeth, out and entereth the boat to pass the”
“Oliver, who produces with such happy complacence his fardel of small talk, and who, as he never doubts his own powers of affording amusement, passes them current with every pretty woman he approaches, and fills up the intervals of chat by his complete acquaintance with the exercise of the fan, the FLACON, and the other duties of the CAVALIERE SERVENTE.”
“Then drops the soul her fardel, as the travel-tir'd”
“(“Works and Days,” 342.) or at least we should have our acquaintance and familiars to participate of our entertainments, mirth, and discourse over a glass of wine; but now, as ferry-men permit their passengers to bring in what fardel they please, so we permit others to fill our entertainments with any persons, let them be good companions or not.”
“Sir, there lies such secrets in this fardel and box, which none must know but the king; and which he shall know within this hour, if I may come to the speech of him.”
“I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he found it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, we were all commanded out of the chamber; only this methought I heard the shepherd say, he found the child.”
“Well, let us to the king: there is that in this fardel will make him scratch his beard.”
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