beard

A beard is the facial hair on a person's chin and cheeks. Santa Claus is famous in part for his long, white beard.

You're most likely to see a beard on an adult man, although some women grow enough facial hair to sport a beard too. Some animals, like goats, have beards as well. Someone whose presence helps another person disguise his identity — maybe because he's a spy — is often informally called a beard as well.

Primary Meanings of beard

1.
n
the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
2.
v
go along the rim, like a beard around the chin
3.
n
a person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality)
Full Definitions of beard
1

n the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face

Synonyms:
face fungus, whiskers
Types:
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fuzz
the first beard of an adolescent boy
imperial, imperial beard
a small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon III
beaver
a full beard
goatee
a small chin beard trimmed to a point; named for its resemblance to a goat's beard
stubble
short stiff hairs growing on a man's face when he has not shaved for a few days
vandyke, vandyke beard
a short pointed beard (named after the artist Anthony Vandyke)
Attilio, soul patch
a small patch of facial hair just below the lower lip and above the chin
Type of:
facial hair
hair on the face (especially on the face of a man)

n hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals

Type of:
hair
a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss

n tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface

Synonyms:
byssus
Type of:
fiber, fibre
a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn

n a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses

Types:
awn
slender bristlelike appendage found on the bracts of grasses
Type of:
fuzz, hair, tomentum
filamentous hairlike growth on a plant
2

v go along the rim, like a beard around the chin

“Houses bearded the top of the heights”
Type of:
rim
run around the rim of
3

n a person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality)

Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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