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 The bike was outfitted with a rifle scabbard, saddlebags, and a one-wheeled trailer that could haul carcasses and gear. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 The team also found the remains of a scabbard fused to the blade through mineralization. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Dec. 2021 Out on the twisting and often scabbard 10Best loop, the CT4-V Blackwing makes an even more compelling case for itself. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 After he’s decapitated by a scabbard, his head thuds in slow motion down a staircase. Gem Seddon, Vulture, 29 Oct. 2021 After outsmarting Zhilan to recover the missing scabbard, Nicky and Henry — who capped their latest mission with a passionate good-night kiss in Henry’s car — have gained a second wind. Max Gao, Vulture, 5 May 2021 The would-be assassin’s bullet struck the scabbard and lodged itself into the silver blade, before Cash used the knife to slice off his assailant’s nose and an ear. Michael Medved, WSJ, 18 June 2021 Billion slid a knife from the scabbard and demonstrated how to sharpen it using a counterweight sharpener. Michael Holtz, The Atlantic, 14 June 2021 Titusville officers went into the apartment and found Glynn on his couch sitting next to his sword and wooden scabbard. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 9 June 2021 See More

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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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3 Apr 2022

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“Scabbard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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