Definition of tabard in English:


Syllabification: tab·ard
Pronunciation: /ˈtabərd


  • 1A sleeveless jerkin consisting only of front and back pieces with a hole for the head.
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    • He was wearing boots, blue trousers and a distinctive fluorescent sleeveless tabard.
    • We tried wearing colourful tabards and polo shirts but no one wanted to go the full way and move into these ‘child friendly’ outfits.
    • He was wearing a dark coloured bobble hat and a dark jacket with a fluorescent yellow sleeveless tabard over the top.
  • 1.1 historical A coarse sleeveless garment worn as the outer dress of medieval peasants and clerics, or worn as a surcoat over armor.
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    • His ceremonial dress included a splendid tabard, bearing the royal coat of arms, along with a sword, black leggings and buckled shoes.
    • The tabard was sleeveless, showing the white long sleeved shirt that the person wore under it, the end of which tucked away underneath simple iron gauntlets.
    • Shoppers flocked from far and wide to enjoy the medieval atmosphere, and shop staff and stallholders got into the spirit of the event by donning crested tabards.
  • 1.2A herald’s official coat emblazoned with the arms of the sovereign.


Middle English: from Old French tabart, of unknown origin.

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