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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v placard publicize or announce by placards
    • v placard post in a public place
    • n placard a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement "a poster advertised the coming attractions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Placard A kind of stomacher, often adorned with jewels, worn in the fifteenth century and later.
    • Placard A public proclamation; a manifesto or edict issued by authority. "All placards or edicts are published in his name."
    • Placard A written or printed paper, as an advertisement or a declaration, posted, or to be posted, in a public place; a poster.
    • Placard (Anc. Armor) An extra plate on the lower part of the breastplate or backplate.
    • Placard Permission given by authority; a license; as, to give a placard to do something.
    • Placard To announce by placards; as, to placard a sale.
    • Placard To post placards upon or within; as, to placard a wall, to placard the city.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n placard A written or printed paper displaying some proclamation or announcement, and intended to be posted in a public place to attract public attention; a posting-bill; a poster.
    • n placard An edict, manifesto, proclamation, or command issued by authority.
    • n placard A public permit, or one given by authority; a license.
    • n placard In medieval armor, same as placcate.
    • n placard A plate or tag on which to place a mark of ownership.
    • n placard Pargeting; parget-work.
    • n placard The woodwork or cabinet-work composing the door of a closet, etc., with its framework.
    • n placard A closet formed or built in a wall, so that only the door is visible from the exterior.
    • placard To post placards upon: as, to placard the walls of a town.
    • placard To make known or make public by means of placards: as, to placard the failure of a bank.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Placard plak′ärd or plā-kärd′ a written or printed paper stuck upon a wall as an advertisement, &c.: a public proclamation: the woodwork and frame of the door of a closet and the like
    • v.t Placard (plā-kärd′, or plak′ärd) to publish or notify by placards
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. plaquer, to lay or clap on, plaque, plate, tablet; probably from Dutch, cf. D. plakken, to paste, post up, plak, a flat piece of wood
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. placard, a bill stuck on a wall—plaque, plate, tablet; acc. to Diez, from Dut. plak, a piece of flat wood.


In literature:

The "persecuting placards" had been withdrawn, and replaced by others directing the visitors' steps in the right direction.
"Tom and Some Other Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He renewed the edict or "placard" against heresy which had been first issued in 1550.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
Keeping to the metaphor, I note first the placard which Paul had displayed.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
I recall that a placard was hung up in his particular corner with the inscription, 'English spoken here.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
The courtyard at his house is full of placards and sounds empty as if death had passed that way.
"The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
The whole party were now grouped together before the placard, with Billy True Blue in the centre.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
From August 19 to August 31 he kept issuing incendiary placards and making inflammatory speeches in Reims.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
His attention was diverted by a newspaper placard.
"Impressions of a War Correspondent" by George Lynch
He pointed to a group of German soldiers who were making insulting gestures and holding up huge placards with coarse inscriptions on them.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
But there was something worse than foolishness placarded in Creil Church.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But after a while, Marley, in his strollings about the grounds, saw a written placard tacked to a tree.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, July 1878, No. 9" by Various
Skeen told us that when the Turks stuck up a placard saying Warsaw had fallen, the Australians gave three hearty cheers.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
Forthwith placards were affixed to the College gates threatening the Rector with dire revenge.
"Andrew Melville" by William Morison
I gather that everything was done but placarding him; and I have heard of at least eight persons you cut in the Casino.
"Prince or Chauffeur?" by Lawrence Perry
Meetings were held, and inflammatory placards were scattered about the streets.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
The Bard to the schemer of newspaper placards.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, January 28, 1914" by Various
So Judah guarded the outer portal, and, when he went out, hung up a warning placard.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
He forgot even the placard.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
He began to whack his fist against a broad placard which was tacked up under his license as master.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
On a chair behind it was a bowl of delicious hot-house roses and Nellie's placard.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In poetry:

On their confronting walls were posted
Placards in glaring type,
Whereof there was not one but boasted
Truth full—grown, round, and ripe.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
The poor old guy plumb dead was found
And planted in the buryin’ ground,
Still graspin’ in his hand of ice
Them placards with this sad device:
"No beer, no work."
"No Beer, No Work" by Ellis Parker Butler
"Well," murmured One, "when in my ashen Shroud
My Stump descends to meet the shrieking Crowd,
I yet may know that in the Fire of Hell
There stands no Placard, 'Smoking Not Allowed.'"
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
My night sweats grease his breakfast plate.
The same placard of blue fog is wheeled into position
With the same trees and headstones.
Is that all he can come up with,
The rattler of keys?
"The Jailer" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Can we obtain a disabled parking placard to use when she is with me.
According to an article in the Chron, the number of disabled parking placards in California more than doubled during the past decade, with one issued for every sixteen residents.
Palestinians hold placards during a protest against the rising cost of living in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sept 11, 2012.
Now a website hopes to shame these abusers into coming clean, or at least getting their placard revoked.
OTTUMWA — The city has generated more than $16,000 this year in sales of placarded houses and vacant lots.
Anyone caught illegally using a placard or disability license plates could be fined up to $500.
Associated Press Libyans hold placards as they march to express their sympathy for the US ambassador, Chris Stevens, and other Americans killed in the Sept 11 attack.
FDIC placard from when the deposit insurance limit was $2,500.
Nebraska Issues Handicap Placards Online.
Fans hold up placards with San Diego Chargers player Junior Seau's #55 outside of Qualcomm Stadium before a public memorial for the NFL player May 11.
FDIC placard from when the deposit insurance limit was $2,500.
Indian Muslims hold placards and shout slogans during a protest in Mumbai on May 21, 2010.
The street signs say "Historic Mitchell St," and a placard on one building touts the "Mitchell St revitalization".
Placards for disabled multiply .
The powerful LA Times and its columnist Steve Lopez, I we have reported before, is focusing on scofflaws who abuse handicapped placards.