a sheath for a sword or the like.

verb (used with object)

to put into a scabbard; sheathe.

Origin of scabbard

1250–1300; Middle English scalburde, scauberge (compare Anglo-French escauberz, escauberge, Medieval Latin escauberca) ≪ dissimilated variant of Old High German *skārberga sword-protection. See shear, harbor
Related formsscab·bard·less, adjectiveun·scab·bard, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scabbard

Contemporary Examples of scabbard

Historical Examples of scabbard

  • So each thrust his sword back into the scabbard and entered the pantry.

  • 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.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • Now, if the sword had never been drawn from the scabbard, how was that to be known to the writer?'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for scabbard



a holder for a bladed weapon such as a sword or bayonet; sheath

Word Origin for scabbard

C13 scauberc, from Norman French escaubers (pl), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German skār blade and bergan to protect
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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).

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