scab·​bard ˈska-bərd How to pronounce scabbard (audio)
: a sheath for a sword, dagger, or bayonet
scabbard transitive verb

Examples of scabbard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One person made the hilt, one the scabbard, one the handle, and so forth. Doug Ross, Chicago Tribune, 21 Aug. 2023 The Model 1 comes with a scabbard that’s molded to fit perfectly. Jim Cobb, Field & Stream, 14 June 2023 But, at the same time, I was deeply saddened by both impeachments because, before Nixon, impeachment was meant to be the sword that was never removed from its scabbard. Tyler Foggatt, The New Yorker, 17 June 2023 The scabbard is made of leather, gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, turquoise, and lined in silk velvet. Town & Country, 7 May 2023 That observation aside, this is a pretty good little saw, with a comfortable handle, decent balance, and a bar wrench cleverly and tightly concealed in the folding plastic scabbard. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2023 An unknown person or persons sawed off a scabbard and drilled a hole into the leg of one of the horses. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 16 Mar. 2023 The sixth generation of a case that’s been around since the 1970s, the Stronghold Gun Boot is a scabbard-type case for your ATV that features a redesigned, attached lid that secures with a rubber closure but opens with one hand in place of the old two-piece models. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 17 Jan. 2023 The scabbard also includes an engraving of the state seal. Tiana Woodard,, 5 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English scauberc, scaubert, from Anglo-French escalberc

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Scabbard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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scab·​bard ˈskab-ərd How to pronounce scabbard (audio)
: a protective case for a sword, dagger, or bayonet

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