- a sheath for a sword or the like.
- to put into a scabbard; sheathe.
Origin of scabbard
Examples from the Web for scabbard
Whenever an injustice occurred, Hitchens would declare, “The pen of the Hitch will flash from its scabbard.”Christopher Hitchens Is Memorialized With an Irreverence That Would Please Him
April 20, 2012
So each thrust his sword back into the scabbard and entered the pantry.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
He would not have it in the scabbard, and when I laid it naked in his hand he kissed the hilt.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Once used they can never be fitted back into the scabbard again.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
It was with rust almost as dark a brown as the scabbard that infolded it.
Now, if the sword had never been drawn from the scabbard, how was that to be known to the writer?'
- a holder for a bladed weapon such as a sword or bayonet; sheath
Word Origin and History for scabbard
c.1300, from Anglo-French *escauberc "sheath, vagina" (13c.), from Frankish or another Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *sker-berg-, literally "sword-protector," from *skar "blade" (cf. Old High German scar "scissors, blade, sword," from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut;" see shear) + *berg- "protect" (cf. Old High German bergan "to protect;" see bury).