tab·​ard ˈta-bərd How to pronounce tabard (audio)
 also  -ˌbärd
: a short loose-fitting sleeveless or short-sleeved coat or cape: such as
: a tunic worn by a knight over his armor and emblazoned with his arms
: a herald's official cape or coat emblazoned with his lord's arms
: a woman's sleeveless outer garment often with side slits

Illustration of tabard

Illustration of tabard
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Examples of tabard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surrounding the minotaur on one side is an array of handmade military paraphernalia: shields, tabards, helmets, and weapons. Max Olesker, Longreads, 13 July 2023 Could our mom sew him a tabard with a cowl? WIRED, 2 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tabard was in the 14th century

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“Tabard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


tab·​ard ˈtab-ərd How to pronounce tabard (audio)
: a cloak worn by a knight over his armor and ornamented with his arms
: a herald's cape or coat ornamented with the lord's arms

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