Definition of tabard :
A sort of tunic or mantle formerly worn for protection from the weather. When worn over the armor it was commonly emblazoned with the arms of the wearer, and from this the name was given to the garment adopted for heralds.
- As we approached each other, I saw that he wore a plumed helmet, and seemed to be otherwise clothed in steel, but bore a curious addition also- a stiff square garment like a herald's tabard. - "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Part 3.", Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).
- On such occasions the herald wore over his dress a " tabard" of coloured silk, embroidered before and behind with the arms of the sovereign. - "Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II.", Gustav Freytag.
- Slowly and carefully they wended their way down to London Bridge, crossed, and stopped for a moment before the site of the old Tabard Inn. - "John and Betty's History Visit", Margaret Williamson.