Definitions for tabardˈtæb ərd
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