scab·​bard | \ ˈska-bərd How to pronounce scabbard (audio) \

Definition of scabbard

: a sheath for a sword, dagger, or bayonet

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Other Words from scabbard

scabbard transitive verb

Examples of scabbard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Never leave the sling on the rifle in the scabbard. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: A Kind Word for the Horse," 26 Dec. 2020 Right-handed fighters kept their scabbard, or sheath, hanging on the left side to facilitate reaching across and pulling out their blade. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Norwegian Archaeologists Unearth Grave of Left-Handed Viking Warrior," 4 Sep. 2020 The scientists theorize that the warrior buried with a sword on the left side of his grave would have worn the scabbard on his right side and therefore held it with his left hand. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Norwegian Archaeologists Unearth Grave of Left-Handed Viking Warrior," 4 Sep. 2020 The sword and scabbard, along with other items unearthed, such as spears, and bronze and glass vessels, are being conserved by Pieta Greaves of Drakon Heritage and Conservation, according to the University of Reading. James Rogers, Fox News, "Ancient warlord’s skeleton and sword discovered after 1,400 years," 6 Oct. 2020 The sword lay in a scabbard of wood and leather, decorated with elaborate bronze fittings. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Metal detector enthusiasts find 6th-century Anglo-Saxon warrior’s grave," 5 Oct. 2020 The treatment returned the weapon to startlingly pristine condition, showcasing a gleaming handle and scabbard inlaid with silver and glass atop a grooved, tapered iron blade. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeology Intern Unearths Spectacular, 2,000-Year-Old Roman Dagger," 2 Mar. 2020 These included a complete horse harness, buckles, rings, ornaments, a sword still in its scabbard and axle caps from a chariot. USA TODAY, "Treasure hunter discovers 3,000 year old hoard, 'a big part of Scottish history'," 13 Aug. 2020 Over the course of a 22-day excavation, the researchers uncovered a hoard of 3,000-year-old objects, including a sword still in its scabbard, chariot wheel axle caps and an entire horse harness, reports Amy Woodyatt for CNN. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rare Bronze Age Sword, Horse Harness Unearthed in Scotland," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of scabbard

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scabbard

Middle English scauberc, scaubert, from Anglo-French escalberc

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The first known use of scabbard was in the 13th century

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9 Jan 2021

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“Scabbard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scabbard

: a protective case for a sword that covers the blade


scab·​bard | \ ˈska-bərd How to pronounce scabbard (audio) \

Kids Definition of scabbard

: a protective case or sheath for the blade of a sword or dagger

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