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[tang-kerd] /ˈtæŋ kərd/
a large drinking cup, usually with a handle and a hinged cover.
Origin of tankard
1275-1325; Middle English: bucket; compare Middle Dutch tanckaert, Middle French tanquart Unabridged
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  • They caught some of the water in a tankard and threw it on a slab near the spring.
  • tankard asked about a permit for the office over state-owned bottom.
British Dictionary definitions for tankard


  1. a large one-handled drinking vessel, commonly made of silver, pewter, or glass, sometimes fitted with a hinged lid
  2. the quantity contained in a tankard
Word Origin
C14: related to Middle Dutch tankaert, French tanquart
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Word Origin and History for tankard

c.1300, "large tub-like vessel," corresponding to Middle Dutch tanckaert, meaning the same thing, but both of unknown origin. A guess hazarded in OED is that it is a transposition of *kantard, from Latin cantharus. Meaning "drinking vessel" is first recorded late 15c.

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