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  1. a loose outer garment, sleeveless or with short sleeves, especially one worn by a knight over his armor and usually emblazoned with his arms.
  2. an official garment of a herald, emblazoned with the arms of his master.
  3. a coarse, heavy, short coat, with or without sleeves, formerly worn outdoors.
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Origin of tabard

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French tabart
Related formstab·ard·ed, adjective
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  1. a sleeveless or short-sleeved jacket, esp one worn by a herald, bearing a coat of arms, or by a knight over his armour
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French tabart, of uncertain origin
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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").

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