bard / bärd/ • n. archaic or poetic/lit. a poet, traditionally one reciting epics and associated with a particular oral tradition. ∎ (the Bard or the Bard of Avon) Shakespeare.DERIVATIVES: bard·ic / -dik/ adj.bard2 • n. a slice of bacon placed on meat or game before roasting.• v. [tr.] cover (meat or game) with slices of bacon.
Bard of Avon a name for Shakespeare, recorded from the late 19th century.
Bardolatry excessive admiration of Shakespeare. The term is first recorded in 1901 in George Bernard Shaw's Preface to Three Plays for Puritans.