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 Among the items confirmed stolen are a diamond-laden hat clasp, worn by Frederick Augustus III in the late 1700s; a sword and scabbard bejeweled with nearly 800 diamonds; and a necklace made with 177 pearls. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, ""Priceless" 18th Century Jewels Stolen from Dresden's Green Vault Museum," 26 Nov. 2019 The young man carefully drew the katana back into the scabbard. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 See What Can Be Done is mostly cultural criticism: a scabbard sheathing 34 years’ worth of American media, from Nora Ephron’s Heartburn to the 2016 election, but studded, here and there, with gem-dense personal essay. Sarah Marshall, The New Republic, "Why Lorrie Moore Writes," 5 June 2018 The swords may never have been pulled out of their leather scabbards since being unearthed. Susan Dunne,, "Viking Artifacts, Vinland Map On Display At Mystic Seaport," 22 May 2018 The second sword found in the next room was intact, though missing its handle and scabbard. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Rare Roman Cavalry Swords And Toys Unearthed Along Hadrian’s Wall," 14 Sep. 2017 Saraiva grabs a 45-centimeter machete with ENTOMOLOGIA on the scabbard. Sam Kean, Science | AAAS, "When will yellow fever strike Brazil again? Monkeys and mosquitoes hold clues," 17 Aug. 2017 Its scabbard is gold and black leather with 15 diamonds. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Swords worth nearly $1 million stolen from Truman Library in 1978 remain missing," 16 July 2017

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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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3 Dec 2019

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“Scabbard.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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