from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large drinking cup having a single handle and often a hinged cover, especially a tall pewter or silver mug.

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  • n. A large drinking vessel, sometimes of pewter, sometimes with a glass base, with one handle and often a hinged cover.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large drinking vessel, especially one with a cover.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vessel, larger than a common drinking-cup, used for holding liquor.
  • Of or pertaining to a tankard; hence, convivial; festive; jovial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large drinking vessel with one handle


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, of unknown origin.


  • The word tankard was originally applied to a heavy and large vessel of wood banded with metal, in which to carry water.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • This experiment of the chain and tankard is said to succeed as well with what is termed negative electricity in the theory of Dr. Franklin, as with what is termed positive electricity; but in that theory the negative electricity means

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  • I told him the tankard was the only thing, for there was nothing else that I thought could hurt me.

    She Stands Accused

  • We will get them that will rap the tankard was your grandmother's, and that you was in Shoreditch the night the act was committed; and we'll have two men that shall shoot your masters.

    She Stands Accused

  • The tankard was a wedding gift from her husband, and a Dutch wedding scene is graven on the lid.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • These commonplace tankards of staves were not so rare as the beautiful carved and hooped tankard which is here pictured, and which is in the collection of Mrs. Samuel Bowne Duryea, of Brooklyn.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • "She told me, too," runs Johnson's recorded testimony, "that she had hired three men to swear the tankard was her grandmother's, but could not depend on them: that the name of one was William Denny, another was Smith, and I have forgot the third.

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  • I hoist my tankard to you, sir, and blatantly violate my own moral compunctions against posting again.

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  • Would I get to be one of those COOL ones that has a following of grim faced warriors who hail my name while hoisting a tankard?

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  • It is said that the Man of Ross (John Kyrle) was present at the casting of the tenor, or great bell, and that he took with him an old silver tankard, which, after drinking claret and sherry, he threw in, and had cast with the bell. --George Cox Bompas, Life of Frank Buckland. Smith, Elder & Co., 1885.

    (Ross, Herfordshire)

    October 2, 2011

  • Perhaps the adjectival use of tankard to mean "in high spirits", jovial" came about by the resemblance of tho sound -ard in the word to -ered in adjectival participles such as plastered , puckered, etc.

    October 2, 2011

  • "Tears of the tankard - The drippings of liquor on a man's coat."

    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 11, 2008