I. noun a rasher of fat bacon placed on meat or game before roasting. II. verb — [with obj.] 1. cover (meat or game) with rashers of fat bacon. • the venison was barded and marinated.
– origin early 18th cent.: from French barde, a transferred sense of barde ‘armour for the breast and flanks of a warhorse’, based on Arabic barḏa’a ‘saddlecloth, padded saddle’.