Definition of tabard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtabərd/


1A sleeveless jerkin consisting only of front and back pieces with a hole for the head.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with tabard


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Syllabification: tab·ard

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