(Bar"ca*rolle) n. [F. barcarolle, fr. It. barcaruola, fr. barca bark, barge.] (Mus.) (a) A popular song or melody sung by Venetian gondoliers. (b) A piece of music composed in imitation of such a song.

(Bar"con) n. [It. barcone, fr. barca a bark.] A vessel for freight; — used in the Mediterranean.

(Bard) n. [Of Celtic origin; cf. W. bardd, Arm. barz, Ir. & Gael. bard, and F. barde.]

1. A professional poet and singer, as among the ancient Celts, whose occupation was to compose and sing verses in honor of the heroic achievements of princes and brave men.

2. Hence: A poet; as, the bard of Avon.

(Bard, Barde) n. [F. barde, of doubtful origin.]

1. A piece of defensive (or, sometimes, ornamental) armor for a horse's neck, breast, and flanks; a barb. [Often in the pl.]

2. pl. Defensive armor formerly worn by a man at arms.

3. (Cookery) A thin slice of fat bacon used to cover any meat or game.

(Bard), v. t. (Cookery) To cover (meat or game) with a thin slice of fat bacon.

(Bard"ed), p. a. [See Bard horse armor.]

1. Accoutered with defensive armor; — said of a horse.

2. (Her.) Wearing rich caparisons.

Fifteen hundred men . . . barded and richly trapped.

(Bard"ic), a. Of or pertaining to bards, or their poetry. "The bardic lays of ancient Greece." G. P. Marsh.

(Bard"ish), a. Pertaining to, or written by, a bard or bards. "Bardish impostures." Selden.

(Bard"ism) n. The system of bards; the learning and maxims of bards.

(Bard"ling) n. An inferior bard. J. Cunningham.

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