from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pack; a bundle.
- n. A burden.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fourth part; a quarter.
- n. a bundle or burden
- v. To make up in fardels.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bundle or little pack; hence, a burden.
- transitive v. To make up in fardels.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bundle or pack; a burden; hence, anything cumbersome or irksome.
- To make up in packs or bundles.
- n. A fourth part: an old law term.—
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)
Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of farde, package, from Arabic farda, single piece, pack, bundle, from farada, to be separate; see prd in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A corruption of Middle English ferthe del (literally "fourth part"), equivalent to fourth + deal. Cognate with Dutch vierendeel ("a fourth part, quarter"), German Viertel ("a quarter, fourth"), Danish fjerdedel ("a quarter"), Swedish fjärdedel ("a fourth, quarter"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English fardel, from Old French fardel ("pack, bundle"), from Spanish fardel, diminutive of fardo ("pack, bundle"), from Arabic (fardah, "a package"). (Wiktionary)