goliard [gohl-yerd] ExamplesWord Origin noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

  1. one of a class of wandering scholar-poets in Germany, France, and England, chiefly in the 12th and 13th centuries, noted as the authors of satirical Latin verse written in celebration of conviviality, sensual pleasures, etc.

Origin of goliard 1275–1325; Middle English Old French goliart, goliard drunkard, glutton, equivalent to gole throat (French geule)+ -ard -ard Related formsgol·iar·der·y [gohl-yahr-duh-ree] /goʊlˈyɑr də ri/, noungol·iar·dic, adjective Examples from the Web for goliard Historical Examples of goliard

  • Goliard, gol′yard, n. a medieval monk who amused his superiors at table by merry jests.

    Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • I come uninvited, says the goliard to the bishop, ready for dinner; such is my fate, never to dine invited.

    A History of Caricature and Grotesque

    Thomas Wright

  • British Dictionary definitions for goliard goliard noun

    1. one of a number of wandering scholars in 12th- and 13th-century Europe famed for their riotous behaviour, intemperance, and composition of satirical and ribald Latin verse

    Derived Formsgoliardic (ɡəʊlˈjɑːdɪk), adjectiveWord Origin for goliard C15: from Old French goliart glutton, from Latin gula gluttony

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