a large drinking cup, usually with a handle and a hinged cover.

Origin of tankard

1275–1325; Middle English: bucket; compare Middle Dutch tanckaert, Middle French tanquart
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Related Words for tankard

cup, flask, flagon, can, stein, stoup

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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

Word Origin for tankard

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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