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.

Definitions of beard
  1. noun
    the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
    synonyms: face fungus, whiskers
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    the first beard of an adolescent boy
    imperial, imperial beard
    a small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon III
    a full beard
    a small chin beard trimmed to a point; named for its resemblance to a goat's beard
    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
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    facial hair
    hair on the face (especially on the face of a man)
  2. noun
    hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals
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    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
  3. noun
    tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface
    synonyms: byssus
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    fiber, fibre
    a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn
  4. noun
    a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses
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    slender bristlelike appendage found on the bracts of grasses
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    fuzz, hair, tomentum
    filamentous hairlike growth on a plant
  5. verb
    go along the rim, like a beard around the chin
    “Houses bearded the top of the heights”
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    run around the rim of
  6. noun
    a person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality)
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