- a loose jacket of heavy material, sleeved or sleeveless, worn outdoors as by peasants in the Middle Ages
- a short-sleeved, emblazoned cloak worn by a knight over his armor
- a herald's official coat emblazoned with his king's or lord's arms
ME < OFr tabart
See tabard in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- A short, heavy cape of coarse cloth formerly worn outdoors.
a. A tunic or capelike garment worn by a knight over his armor and emblazoned with his coat of arms.
b. A similar garment worn by a herald and bearing his lord's coat of arms.
- An embroidered pennant attached to a trumpet.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French tabart
Origin: or Old Spanish tabardo
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