bayard


bayard

< /sɛˈnyœr də/, the knight without fear and without reproach, 1473–1524, heroic French soldier.

  • any man of heroic courage and unstained honor.
  • a male given name.
  • noun

    1. a magical legendary horse in medieval chivalric romances.
    2. a mock-heroic name for any horse.
    3. (lowercase) Archaic. a bay horse.

    noun

    1. a legendary horse that figures prominently in medieval romance

    noun

    1. Chevalier de (ʃəvalje də), original name Pierre de Terrail ?1473–1524, French soldier, known as le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche (the fearless and irreproachable knight)
    n.

    generic or mock-heroic name for a horse, mid-14c., from Old French Baiard, name of the bay-colored magic steed given by Charlemagne to Renaud in the legends, from Old French baiart “bay-colored” (see bay (adj.)). Also by early 14c. proverbial as a blind person or thing, for now-unknown reasons. The name later was used attributively of gentlemen of courage and integrity, in this sense from Pierre du Terrail, seigneur de Bayard (1473-1524), French knight celebrated as Chevalier sans peur et sans reproche. The surname is perhaps in reference to hair color.

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