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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Goliard \Gol"iard\ (g[=o]l"y[~e]rd), n. [From OF. goliart glutton, buffoon, riotous student, Goliard, LL. goliardus, prob. fr. L. gula throat. Cf. Gules.] A buffoon in the Middle Ages, who attended rich men's tables to make sport for the guests by ribald stories and songs. [1913 Webster]