from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A wandering student in medieval Europe disposed to conviviality, license, and the making of ribald and satirical Latin songs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A buffoon in the Middle Ages, who attended rich men's tables to make sport for the guests by ribald stories and songs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A buffoon or jester; specifically, one of an order or class of inferior monks who attended on the tables of the richer ecclesiastics as professional jesters or buffoons.
- n. One of the writers of the satirical poems collectively known as goliardery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wandering scholar in medieval Europe; famed for intemperance and riotous behavior and the composition of satirical and ribald Latin songs
Middle English, from Old French, glutton, goliard, from gole, throat, from Latin gula.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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Reporting by Pascal Fletcher in Miami and Todd Melby in Minneapolis; Editing by Jackie Frank goliard at 12:30 PM August 29, 2011