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

  • noun A native or inhabitant of Picardy.
  • noun The Romance language traditionally spoken in Picardy and adjacent parts of Belgium, descended from the Langue d'oïl and closely related to French.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Eccles., one of a sect in Bohemia about the beginning of the fifteenth century, suppressed by Ziska in 1421.
  • noun A shoe worn by men, introduced into England as the fashion of the French about 1720. It was high-quartered, and not unlike the modern brogan.

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

  • noun (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of Adamites in the fifteenth century; -- so called from one Picard of Flanders. See adamite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of, from, or relating to, Picardy
  • noun Someone from Picardy
  • noun historical A member of an Adamite sect of the sixteenth century and earlier, in the Flemish Netherlands and in Bohemia.
  • proper noun A Romance language closely related to French
  • proper noun A surname.


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

[Middle English, from Old French, perhaps from pic, pick, pickax (from the notion held by people in other parts of France that Picards were mostly farmers who worked their fields with pickaxes).]



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