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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Tabard \Tab"ard\, n. [OE. tabard, tabart; cf. Sp. & Pg. tabardo,
     It. tabarro, W. tabar, LGr. tampa`rion, LL. tabardum.]
     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. [Spelt

     also {taberd}.]
     [1913 Webster]
           In a tabard he [the Plowman] rode upon a mare.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n : a short sleeveless outer tunic emblazoned with a coat of
           arms; worn by a knight over his armor or by a herald

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