- a large drinking cup, usually with a handle and a hinged cover.
Origin of tankard
Examples from the Web for tankard
Historical Examples of tankard
"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.The Chestermarke Instinct
J. S. Fletcher
Now and then, because his mouth was dry, he took a sip of beer from his tankard.Long Live the King
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- a large one-handled drinking vessel, commonly made of silver, pewter, or glass, sometimes fitted with a hinged lid
- the quantity contained in a tankard
Word Origin 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.