Definition of tankard in US English:

tankard

noun

  • 1A tall beer mug, typically made of silver or pewter, with a handle and sometimes a hinged lid.

    • ‘I must have either surprised the men by asking or looked incredibly stupid standing there with a tankard of ale clutched in one hand.’
    • ‘A new trophy, a silver tankard donated by the former captain and president, was awarded to the winning team.’
    • ‘He rose and walked to the counter where he grabbed a jug of beer and refilled his tankard.’
    • ‘One of the regulars tapped his pewter tankard on the bar and cleared his throat noisily.’
    • ‘The man glanced over at him, then recoiled with an oath, almost tipping over his tankard of beer.’
    • ‘The winner will receive a pewter tankard, hip flask and stamp set.’
    • ‘Inside, dried hops hang from the beams and pump beer signs stuck among tankards on the ceiling let punters know what favourable ales have been drunk by previous patrons.’
    • ‘He stood and began pouring from a tall earthenware flagon, filling tankards with ale.’
    • ‘But he raised a pewter tankard of foaming ale to celebrate the success of his campaign and will be back next week’
    • ‘It was a big tankard, silver-sterling silver tankard, with his name on it, and the date and the name of the film.’
    • ‘I'm not one of those that laments the old thick dimpled beer tankards with handles on the side.’
    • ‘Pewter mugs and tankards were the main vessels for dispensing beer, but the metal did not appeal to drinkers of coffee and tea.’
    • ‘As they crossed the length of the room, they finally espied her crew, barking raucous laughter and drinking deep of their pewter tankards.’
    • ‘Men grappled with heavy implements all day long, then hit the local pub to drink ale from a 10-pound beer tankard, fight and arm-wrestle.’
    • ‘Particularly notable are an early nineteenth-century Windsor armchair with an elaborate fretwork back and a rare early eighteenth-century silver tankard.’
    • ‘She came back with a cow horn tankard of beer, brown foam sliding down one side.’
    • ‘There sat a very large, intricately worked silver tankard, around the base of which languidly lay a thin aristocratic-looking hand.’
    • ‘By the evening he was gone, with no party, no presentation, no silver tankard.’
    • ‘He nods towards a phalanx of priests nursing beer tankards, swaying dreamily to the white noise of the band crackling through the speakers.’
    • ‘He glanced up from his tankard as the tavern door swung open and a tall cloaked man entered.’
    beaker, cup
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    1. 1.1 The contents of or an amount held by a tankard.
      ‘I've downed a tankard of ale’
      • ‘That night as we always have is a small celebration at a local pub, I ordered a tankard of rum as I always did.’
      • ‘She bought the girl a tankard of hot cider and herself a robust country ale.’
      • ‘She awoke slowly, her head throbbing as it had the time she had taken a whole tankard of ale on a dare from the boys.’
      • ‘From the barman I bought two tankards of ale and set them down in front of him.’
      • ‘The bar owner eagerly pocketed it, and within a few seconds from good service, he was sipping on a tankard of rum, eyeing the surely crowd.’
      • ‘An hour passed, enough time to find him and tell him to see to the curricle, even enough time to eat a little, washing the food down with two tankards of ale.’
      • ‘Some historians believe that our ancestors used to dunk pieces of scorched bread into tankards of beer or wine to improve the taste, but it is hard to imagine how foul their brew must have been.’
      • ‘When she couldn't find anything, she refused the offer of his to buy her a drink, and sat with her friends, watching Tyron with a raised eyebrow as he ordered a tankard of ale.’
      • ‘Hw drew himself a tankard of ale and carried it and Gunnar's drink to the Swede's table.’
      • ‘The huge tankards of local beer went down a treat with everyone, Kleines and Kristallweizen were the favourites.’
      • ‘He was middle aged with a bit of gray hair mingling with the brown and was currently chugging a tankard of beer.’
      • ‘He looked at him, mentally debating his public duty, then greed won and he took down a fresh unopened bottle from the shelf and pulled a couple of tankards of lager from the pump.’
      • ‘I personally will be carrying a flugelhorn around at all times and will be drinking huge foaming tankards of ale every lunch time.’
      • ‘The tankard of beer was beaded with condensation and deliciously cold.’
      • ‘Then we went on drinking – tankards of beer, and a sharp little spirit called Becherovka, one of the central European schnapps I love.’
      • ‘He poured a tankard of beer, and placed it between the acrobat's feet, eliciting an oath as he deliberately spilt some over his crotch.’
      • ‘The cosy interior looks like it hasn't changed much for centuries and one can imagine William Blake strolling in from his home in nearby Golden Square to ask for a tankard of beer.’
      • ‘She took a tankard of each and downed them all in turn, burning her tongue on the wine.’
      • ‘It is a humble beverage that unites the generations, a common bond that links today's thirsty men and women with those from centuries ago – swigged down in tankards and flagons after a hard day in the fields.’
      • ‘Anyway, major celebrations are called for and this means a visit to Munich's Oktoberfest where we'll fall upon fowl while downing tankards of beer.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting a large tub for carrying liquid): perhaps related to Dutch tanckaert.

Pronunciation

tankard

/ˈtaNGkərd//ˈtæŋkərd/