Definitions

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  • n. A small French coin, equivalent to a quarter of a sou.

Etymologies

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French liard, of unknown origin.

Examples

  • A liard is a farthing french, and of the value of half a farthing english.

    The Stranger in France or, a Tour from Devonshire to Paris Illustrated by Engravings in Aqua Tint of Sketches Taken on the Spot.

  • The coins most commonly found at archaeological sites in Quebec have been the copper double tournois, the copper douzain, the billon douzain, the copper liard, and the silver quatre sols.

    Champlain's Dream

  • You were not there, Lucy, that day, and perhaps may not have the book, as Gal-liard is not a favourite with you.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • He got me into the Juil-liard School of Music, then on Claremont Avenue near 115th

    Borrowed Finery, A Memoir

  • Mine is in weight two groates, a halfe pennie less of silver, which commeth to twelve sols and one liard.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 563, August 25, 1832

  • Quand il s'agissait de cela, Smiley en tassait les enjeux sur elle tant qu'il lui, restait un rouge liard.

    Sketches New And Old

  • Presently the little parcel, much heavier, was brought back to me, and on opening my purse, I found inside it a centime, a liard, a sou – every coin, in fact, up to and including a golden twenty-franc piece.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

  • I would ask you, Messer Cicero and Messer Seneca, whose dog-eared volumes I see scattered upon the floor, of what use is it for me to know better than any master of the Mint or a Jew of the Pont-aux-Change that a gold crown piece is worth thirty-five unzain at twenty-five sous eight deniers parisis each, if I have not a single miserable black liard to risk upon the double-six?

    IV. Fate. Book VII

  • His concern was to see that M. de La Tour d'Azyr paid to the uttermost liard for the brutal wrong he had done Philippe de Vilmorin.

    Scaramouche

  • God and Saint Withold! as neither I nor any of mine will touch the value of a liard, --- I waited but to render my thanks to thee and to thy bold yeomen, for the life and honour ye have saved. ''

    Ivanhoe

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