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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Examples of tankard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And by the end of the 18th Century, a sitting American President (John Adams) was proudly admitting to drinking a tankard of the juice every morning to calm his stomach. Brad Japhe, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 The gentlemen’s champion earned a Rookwood Pottery tankard and six ale mugs, at the time worth about $150. Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 22 Aug. 2021 His friend Michelle Kosilek likes to imagine him in the afterlife, sitting around a celestial campfire with a tankard of mead and a pipe. STAT, 14 Apr. 2021 The new chinaware collection includes a mug, pillbox, tankard, side plate, teacup, and saucer, all available to purchase separately. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 27 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 23 Sep. 2020 The keg is tapped at noon, and the first 24 people to order one receive a brewery tankard. Washington Post, 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, 17 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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“Tankard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tankard. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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