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tabard

[tab-erd] /ˈtæb ərd/
noun
1.
a loose outer garment, sleeveless or with short sleeves, especially one worn by a knight over his armor and usually emblazoned with his arms.
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.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French tabart
Related forms
tabarded, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tabard

tabard

/ˈtæbəd/
noun
1.
a sleeveless or short-sleeved jacket, esp one worn by a herald, bearing a coat of arms, or by a knight over his armour
Word Origin
C13: from Old French tabart, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tabard
n.

mid-13c., from early Spanish tabardo and Old French tabart (12c.), of unknown origin. Originally a coarse, sleeveless upper garment worn by peasants, later a knight's surcoat (hence the name of the tavern in "Canterbury Tales").

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