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[skab-erd] /ˈskæb ərd/
a sheath for a sword or the like.
verb (used with object)
to put into a scabbard; sheathe.
Origin of scabbard
1250-1300; Middle English scalburde, scauberge (compare Anglo-French escauberz, escauberge, Medieval Latin escauberca) ≪ dissimilated variant of Old High German *skārberga sword-protection. See shear, harbor
Related forms
scabbardless, adjective
unscabbard, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scabbard
  • Dragons with wings of turquoise mauling leopards down the length of a gold scabbard.
  • Buttons of gold and garnets probably attached a scabbard to a belt.
  • On the left side of his saddle he carries a cruising ax in a scabbard.
  • The crowning accessory is a curved dagger called the jambiya that's sheathed in a fanciful scabbard belted across the belly.
  • Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.
  • However, once you put an axe in the scabbard it violates the certification.
  • Knives will be carried in a sheath or scabbard worn in a clearly visible manner.
  • The sword in the painting has a silver hilt, with a wash or inlay of gold and a leather scabbard that has since deteriorated.
  • Both saws must be sheathed or placed in a scabbard when being packed.
  • He received a shot on his sword scabbard, taking half of it away.
British Dictionary definitions for scabbard


a holder for a bladed weapon such as a sword or bayonet; sheath
Word Origin
C13 scauberc, from Norman French escaubers (pl), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German skār blade and bergan to protect
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Word Origin and History for scabbard

c.1300, from Anglo-French *escauberc "sheath, vagina" (13c.), from Frankish or another Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *sker-berg-, literally "sword-protector," from *skar "blade" (cf. Old High German scar "scissors, blade, sword," from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut;" see shear) + *berg- "protect" (cf. Old High German bergan "to protect;" see bury).

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