Definitions for tabardˈtæb ərd
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a loose outer garment, sleeveless or with short sleeves, esp. one worn by a knight over his armor.
Category: Heraldry, Clothing
an official garment of a herald, emblazoned with the arms of his master.
a coarse, heavy, short coat, with or without sleeves, formerly worn outdoors.
Origin of tabard:
1300–50; ME < OF tabart
a short sleeveless outer tunic emblazoned with a coat of arms; worn by a knight over his armor or by a herald
Silk banner attached to a bugle or trumpet.
A woman's or girl's sleeveless jerkin or loose overgarment.
A sleeveless garment made of coarse cloth formerly worn outdoors by the common people.
A cape or tunic worn by a knight, emblazoned with the coat of arms of his king or queen on the front.
A similar garment officially worn by a herald and emblazoned with his sovereign's coat of arms.
Origin: From Old French tabart
a sort of tunic or mantle formerly worn for protection from the weather. When worn over the armor it was commonly emblazoned with the arms of the wearer, and from this the name was given to the garment adopted for heralds
A tabard is a short coat common for men during the Middle Ages. Generally used while outdoors, the coat was either sleeveless or had short sleeves or shoulder pieces. In its more developed form it was open at the sides; and it could be worn with or without a belt. Tabards might be emblazoned on the front and back with a coat of arms, and in this form they survive now as the distinctive garment of officers of arms. In modern British usage, the term has been revived for what is known elsewhere as a cobbler apron: a lightweight open-sided upper overgarment, of similar design to its medieval and heraldic counterpart, worn in particular by workers in the catering, cleaning and healthcare industries as protective clothing, or outdoors by those requiring high-visibility outdoor clothing.
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