1. A pack or bundle.
2. A burden.
Etymology: Old French, diminutive of farde, package.
"I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he found it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, we were all commanded out of the chamber: only this, methought, I heard the shepherd say, he found the child."
- Shakespeare, "The Winter's Tale"