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1. A short, heavy cape of coarse cloth formerly worn outdoors.
a. A tunic or capelike garment worn by a knight over his armor and emblazoned with his coat of arms.
b. A similar garment worn by a herald and bearing his lord's coat of arms.
3. An embroidered pennant attached to a trumpet.

[Middle English, from Old French tabart or Old Spanish tabardo.]


(Historical Terms) a sleeveless or short-sleeved jacket, esp one worn by a herald, bearing a coat of arms, or by a knight over his armour
[C13: from Old French tabart, of uncertain origin]


(ˈtæb ərd)

1. a loose outer garment, sleeveless or with short sleeves, esp. one worn by a knight over his armor.
2. an official garment of a herald, emblazoned with the arms of his master.
3. a coarse, heavy, short coat, with or without sleeves, formerly worn outdoors.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old French tabart]
tab′ard•ed, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tabard - a short sleeveless outer tunic emblazoned with a coat of armstabard - a short sleeveless outer tunic emblazoned with a coat of arms; worn by a knight over his armor or by a herald
tunic - any of a variety of loose fitting cloaks extending to the hips or knees


[ˈtæbəd] Ntabardo m


n (of knight, herald)Heroldsrock m, → Wappenrock m, → Tappert m; (Fashion) ärmelloser, an den Seiten offener Kasak
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