One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sleeveless jerkin consisting only of front and back pieces with a hole for the head.‘the caretaker with her pale blue nylon tabard on’‘riders wear the same numbered tabard for each event’
- ‘He was wearing boots, blue trousers and a distinctive fluorescent sleeveless tabard.’
- ‘‘Excuse me,’ I asked a woman in a blue tabard who was carrying two plastic bags and looking as if her life really wasn't worth living.’
- ‘The teams, dressed in brightly coloured tabards, have become a common feature on the streets of Scotland's cities.’
- ‘Wear a fluorescent hatband and either waistcoat or tabard.’
- ‘They were shown how to make colourful outfits, tabards, headbands and banners using brightly coloured silks that they painted.’
- ‘We tried wearing colourful tabards and polo shirts but no one wanted to go the full way and move into these ‘child friendly’ outfits.’
- ‘Ellen pulled her watch out of the belt pouch she wore under the tabard and checked the time.’
- ‘It provides employment, training and development opportunities for people with disabilities and produces high quality sewn products such as newspaper bags, tabards and waistcoats.’
- ‘We might need a couple of people in reflective tabards for crossing the road and I have these in my car.’
- ‘The men, wearing high-visibility orange jackets or tabards, are reported to have been seen on the track at about 8.25 on the morning of the derailment.’
- ‘An elderly woman in a tabard appeared from one of the blocks.’
- ‘He was wearing a distinctive yellow tabard, a yellow hard hat and blue jeans.’
- ‘Maybe the youths see the reflective tabards the street cleaners are wearing and move on.’
- ‘Much support is on offer from the Local Authority in the form of bags, gloves, tabards, litter pickers and disposal.’
- ‘Wearing smart new tabards, nine children used this week's ‘walking bus’, which meant six fewer cars queuing outside the school gates.’
- ‘I get worried because the steward in his fluorescent green tabard looks worried - its obvious he's going to end up putting his hand on her and he doesn't want to do this.’
- ‘He was wearing a dark coloured bobble hat and a dark jacket with a fluorescent yellow sleeveless tabard over the top.’
- 1.1historical A coarse sleeveless garment worn as the outer dress of medieval peasants and clerics, or worn as a surcoat over armour.‘white tabards with crosses on the front’
- ‘Riding to meet them, the tired warriors recognised the device of the silver crown on the stranger's tabards: these were some of Abbot Tathal's men.’
- ‘His ceremonial dress included a splendid tabard, bearing the royal coat of arms, along with a sword, black leggings and buckled shoes.’
- ‘Shoppers flocked from far and wide to enjoy the medieval atmosphere, and shop staff and stallholders got into the spirit of the event by donning crested tabards.’
- ‘A light mace hung at his belt, a sword hilt showed at his left shoulder, and he wore chain mail under a green tabard.’
- ‘The tabard was sleeveless, showing the white long sleeved shirt that the person wore under it, the end of which tucked away underneath simple iron gauntlets.’
- 1.2 A herald's official coat emblazoned with the arms of the sovereign.
Middle English: from Old French tabart, of unknown origin.
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