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noun Beard
  1. The hair that grows on the chin, lips, and adjacent parts of the human face, chiefly of male adults.
  2. [Zoöl]
    1. The long hairs about the face in animals, as in the goat.
    2. The cluster of small feathers at the base of the beak in some birds
    3. The appendages to the jaw in some Cetacea, and to the mouth or jaws of some fishes.
    4. The byssus of certain shellfish, as the muscle.
    5. The gills of some bivalves, as the oyster.
    6. In insects, the hairs of the labial palpi of moths and butterflies.
  3. [Bot] Long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn; as, the beard of grain.
  4. A barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument, projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily drawn out.
  5. That part of the under side of a horse's lower jaw which is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle.
  6. [Print] That part of a type which is between the shoulder of the shank and the face.
  7. An imposition; a trick.(Obs)

Etymology: OE. berd, AS. beard; akin to Fries. berd, D. baard, G. bart, Lith. barzda, OSlav. brada, Pol. broda, Russ. boroda, L. barba, W. barf. Cf. 1st Barb

verb Beard
  1. To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt.
  2. To oppose to the face; to set at defiance."No admiral, bearded by these corrupt and dissolute minions of the palace, dared to do more than mutter something about a court martial." [Macaulay.]
  3. To deprive of the gills; -- used only of oysters and similar shellfish.
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  1. Tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface
  2. Hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals
  3. The hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
  4. A person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality)
  5. A tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses
  6. Go along the rim, like a beard around the chin ("Houses bearded the top of the heights")

Originally a nickname for someone with a beard.

  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Beard

Beard was born in 1822.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Beard

Frank Beard is a hard rock, blues-rock, rock, and blues rock musician. He plays Drums, percussion, saxophone, trumpet, tuba, and Percussion instrument. His most notable accomplishments were from 1969 to present. Frank was given the name Frank Lee Beard on June 11th, 1949 in Frankston, Texas, United States.


Mary Beard is a classical scholar. Mary was given the name Winifred Mary Beard on January 1st, 1955 in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England.


Matthew "Stymie" Beard was an actor and child actor. His career lasted from 1927 to 1981. Matthew was given the name Matthew Beard, Jr. on January 1st, 1925 in Los Angeles. He breathed his last breath on January 8th, 1981.


Stephanie Beard is an actor, television, voice acting, radio personality, singing, songwriter, film actress, television actress, voice actress, radio host, and singer. They were most active from 1999 to present. Stephanie was given the name Stephanie Lyn Beard on August 27th, 1981 in Scarborough, Toronto. Stephanie is also known as Sugar Lyn Beard, Sugar, Sug, and Suga BayBee.


Charles A. Beard was a historian, co-founder of the new school, the new school, and co-founder ofthe new school. Charles was given the name Charles Austin Beard on November 27th, 1874 in Knightstown, Indiana, U.S. He breathed his last breath on September 1st, 1948.


James Beard is a chef. James was born on May 5th, 1903 in Portland, Oregon.


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Ethnicity Beard U.S.
  White 74.91% 64.26%
  African American 19.61% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.45% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.67% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.99% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.38% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Beard

  • How Popular is the name Beard? As a last name Beard was the 721st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Beard first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Beard is Tuesday, November 10th, 1885.
  • How unique is the name Beard? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Beard. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Beard: Your name in reverse order is Draeb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Arbed. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Beard? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 48,207 people with the last name Beard.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Beard? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 16 of them will have Beard as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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