- a loose outer garment, sleeveless or with short sleeves, especially one worn by a knight over his armor and usually emblazoned with his arms.
- 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
Examples from the Web for tabard
And the tabard look was very fashionable lace tabard to go in to a train.Meet the ‘Downton Abbey’ Costume Queen
January 8, 2014
The arms on the tabard, however, settle the question definitely.Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury
H. J. L. J. Mass
When I came nigh he turned, and thrust a bright something in 's tabard.Long Will
That of the Tabard must have been much larger, in order to accommodate so large a company.South London
Sir Walter Besant
Chaucer tells us that the Tabard in Southwark was juste by the Belle.Old Country Inns of England
Henry P. Maskell
This piece of dress appears to have been the same as the tabard.Life of Sir William Wallace of Elderslie, Vol. I (of II)
John D. Carrick
- 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 and History for tabard
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").