from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • French military hero known for his fearlessness and chivalry in the Italian campaigns of Charles VIII, Louis XII, and Francis I.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of hand-barrow used for carrying heavy loads, especially of stones.
  • Bay; of a bay color: applied to a horse.
  • noun A bay horse; generally, any horse: formerly frequent in proverbial use, especially with the epithet blind or bold.
  • noun A person who is self-confident and ignorant: usually with the epithet blind or bold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Properly, a bay horse, but often any horse. Commonly in the phrase blind bayard, an old blind horse.
  • noun obsolete A stupid, clownish fellow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun French soldier said to be fearless and chivalrous (1473-1524)


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  • 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).

    Reader reviews of The Black Tower by Louis Bayard.

  • Louis Bayard is also the author of Mr. Timothy, a New York Times Notable Book.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The first of these, indeed, may fairly be called the Bayard of American history, the cavalier without fear and without reproach.

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  • The first of these, indeed, may fairly be called the Bayard of American history, the cavalier without fear and without reproach.

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  • 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").

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  • Nicholson, whose chivalrous bravery placed him on a par with Outram, who was called the Bayard of the British army.

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  • 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.

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