from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A temporary wooden fence around a building or structure under construction or repair.
  • n. Chiefly British A billboard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A temporary fence-like structure built around building work to add security and prevent accidents to the public.
  • n. A roofed wooden shield placed over the battlements of a castle and projecting from them.
  • n. A billboard.
  • v. Present participle of hoard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A screen of boards inclosing a house and materials while builders are at work.
  • n. A fence, barrier, or cover, inclosing, surrounding, or concealing something.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of amassing or making a hoard.
  • n. In medieval fortification, a covered structure of timber, either temporary or permanent, placed on top of the walls and towers of a fortress to afford increased facilities for defense.
  • n. A fence for inclosing a house and materials while builders are at work; any similar inclosure of boards.
  • n. Hence A bill-board; any boarding on which bills are posted.
  • n. Also hoard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large outdoor signboard


Obsolete hoard, hourd, from French dialectal hourd, fence, scaffold, hurdle, from Old French, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French hourd, hourt ("barrier, palisade") (Wiktionary)
See hoard (Wiktionary)



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  • My adjectival use: 'You could use hoarding posters to advertise it.'

    August 22, 2011

  • In castle architecture, a wooden fighting platform fitted to a parapet of wall as extra protection for defenders. See also bressumer.

    August 24, 2008

  • In British usage, a hoarding is what we in the United States call a billboard:

    "Advertising had a long history in Europe. . . . Roadside hoardings and placards were a longstanding blight in Italy well before the nineteen fifties, and any traveler in mid-century France would have been familiar with the exhortations painted high up on the side of rural farmhouses and urban terraces to drink St Raphael or Dubonnet."

    – Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945 (New York: Penguin, 2005), p. 349.

    June 20, 2008