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bastard \Bas"tard\, n. [OF. bastard, bastart, F. b?tard,
prob. fr. OF. bast, F. b?t, a packsaddle used as a bed
by the muleteers (fr. LL. bastum) + -ard.
OF. fils de bast son of the packsaddle; as the muleteers
were accustomed to use their saddles for beds in the inns.
See Cervantes, ``Don Quixote,'' chap. 16; and cf.G. bankert,
fr. bank bench.]
1. A ``natural'' child; a child begotten
and born out of wedlock; an illegitimate child; one born
of an illicit union.
Note: By the civil and canon laws, and by the laws of many
of the United States, a bastard becomes a legitimate child
by the intermarriage of the parents at any subsequent
time. But by those of England, and of some states of the
United States, a child, to be legitimate, must at least be
born after the lawful marriage. --Kent. Blackstone.
2. (Sugar Refining) (a) An inferior quality of soft brown
sugar, obtained from the sirups that ? already had several
boilings. (b) A large size of mold, in which sugar is
3. A sweet Spanish wine like muscadel in flavor.
Brown bastard is your only drink. --Shak.
4. A writing paper of a particular size. See Paper.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.