tan·​kard | \ ˈtaŋ-kərd How to pronounce tankard (audio) \

Definition of tankard

: a tall one-handled drinking vessel especially : a silver or pewter mug with a lid

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Recent Examples on the Web Apples played a significant role in that: Adams reportedly drank a tankard of hard apple cider nearly every day. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "4 dishes beloved by great presidents past for Presidents' Day: chicken fricassee, hoecakes, apple pandowdy, white bean soup," 10 Feb. 2021 An official range of commemorative china and souvenir items has also gone on sale, including a tankard, pillbox, shortbread biscuits, strawberry truffles and a tea towel. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "See Princess Beatrice's Wedding Dress on Display at Windsor Castle," 23 Sep. 2020 The keg is tapped at noon, and the first 24 people to order one receive a brewery tankard. Washington Post, "11 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 19 Sep. 2019 Novelties such as covered animal dishes, syrup jugs, picture frame toothpick holder and staples such as tumblers, tankards and pitchers are all on display at the Greentown Glass Museum in Indiana. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Chocolate glass for Sweetest Day: Yenke Peddler antiques," 17 Oct. 2019 The design is currently available on a tankard (£39), a plate (£20), a pill box (£29) and a miniature tea cup (£25), in the Royal Collection Shop. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie's Bridal Bouquet Included a Sweet Tribute to Her Kensington Palace Home, Ivy Cottage," 12 Oct. 2018 Among the items in the four-piece collection, which was commissioned exclusively by Buckingham Palace, are a plate ($68), pillbox ($49), and tankard ($55). Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "The New Royal Baby Already Has His Own Commemorative China: See the Photos!," 24 Apr. 2018 Hence, golden chalices, carved rhino horns and glass tankards. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "That red plastic cup is a Chicago original. Proceed to party.," 29 June 2018 The design is currently available on a tankard (£39), pillbox (£35), and plate (£49). Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Commemorative Royal Wedding China Is Finally Available," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tankard

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tankard

Middle English

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The first known use of tankard was in the 14th century

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21 Feb 2021

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“Tankard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tankard. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tankard

: a large, metal cup for drinking beer that has a handle and often an attached lid


tan·​kard | \ ˈtaŋ-kərd How to pronounce tankard (audio) \

Kids Definition of tankard

: a tall cup with one handle and often a lid

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