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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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  • Step into yonder boat, row to the sword, and take it, together with the scabbard.

    King Arthur and His Knights Maude L. Radford
  • So each thrust his sword back into the scabbard and entered the pantry.

  • His girdle and the scabbard of his sword were of cloth of silver, with golden buckles.

  • He would not have it in the scabbard, and when I laid it naked in his hand he kissed the hilt.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • He picked up his sword, and wiped it with a lace handkerchief and thrust it into its scabbard.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
  • Once used they can never be fitted back into the scabbard again.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Brown stepped to the sword, jerked it out of the ground and returned it to his scabbard in three motions.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
  • Now, if the sword had never been drawn from the scabbard, how was that to be known to the writer?'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Your safety lies on the sword's point; draw it and throw away the scabbard.

    The Life of Mazzini Bolton King
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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