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  1. a large drinking cup, usually with a handle and a hinged cover.
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Origin of tankard

1275–1325; Middle English: bucket; compare Middle Dutch tanckaert, Middle French tanquart
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Historical Examples

  • "I doubt it not, mon ami," quoth the archer, going back to his tankard.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • He could do more than drink a sup and turn the tankard up, he could.

  • Tears of the tankard, drops of good liquor that falls aside.

  • "This—on information received," replied Easleby, as he lifted his tankard.

  • Now and then, because his mouth was dry, he took a sip of beer from his tankard.

    Long Live the King

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for tankard


    1. a large one-handled drinking vessel, commonly made of silver, pewter, or glass, sometimes fitted with a hinged lid
    2. the quantity contained in a tankard
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Word Origin

C14: related to Middle Dutch tankaert, French tanquart
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Word Origin and History for tankard


c.1300, "large tub-like vessel," corresponding to Middle Dutch tanckaert, meaning the same thing, but both of unknown origin. A guess hazarded in OED is that it is a transposition of *kantard, from Latin cantharus. Meaning "drinking vessel" is first recorded late 15c.

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