Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A leopard or other large cat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A leopard; a panther.
  • n. Chap; fellow; Used as a friendly appellation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leopard; a panther.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The leopard or panther.
  • n. A partner; a mate; an accomplice; a boon companion.

Etymologies

Middle English parde, from Old French, from Latin pardus, from Greek pardos, probably of Iranian origin; akin to Sogdian purdhank.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English parde, from Latin pardus, from Ancient Greek πάρδος (pardos) (Wiktionary)
From pardner ("partner"), by shortening. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Swiftly turning on the Frenchman, Crockett—his handsome visage wrought into an irate scowl—said: “Are you calling my pard a liar, mon-sewer?”

    Nevermore

  • So Con went back to shake hands with "Snooks," who said very quietly: "I can't even say 'Thank you,' as I want to; I guess the best way to thank a pard is to live it, not speak it.

    The Shagganappi

  • "Me an 'my pard was the first white men in these hyar hills," replied Slingerland.

    The U. P. Trail

  • A noteworthy selection of canvases and collages gives proper credit to Picasso's "pard," Georges Braque, during the years when the two ambitious young painters, one short and irrevocably Spanish, the other tall and very French, were, in their phrase, "roped together like mountain climbers" to scale the heights of their new formal language.

    The Cubist Circle

  • Jack, his one-time "pard," now grown beyond his ken.

    Monarch, the Big Bear of Tallac

  • W.S. P. [And here is the letter telling his "pard" that the article had been bought by _Everybody's Magazine_.

    Rolling Stones

  • Later found him and his pard trying to follow a blood trail.

    Is it ethical to shoot a deer past 250 yards?

  • Clay your posts are entertaining. keep up the good work pard.

    An open letter of apology, especially to Mr. Jim Zumbo!

  • Twisted thews of pard or panther, knot them round their hearts of flame,

    The Voyage of Magellan

  •             “Hiya pard,” I return, noting that he doesn't really get my sarcasm.

    Saving Grace

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