From Middle English tan(c)kard(e), denoting 'a large tub for carrying liquid', perhaps related to Dutch tanckaert (Oxford Dictionaries), meaning the same thing, but both of unknown origin.
The notion that the word comes from Tanquard is wholly untenable (see The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources and The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland). Meaning "drinking vessel" is first recorded late 15th century.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈtæŋkɚd/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtæŋkəd/
- Hyphenation: tank‧ard or tan·kard
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tankard (plural tankards)
- A large drinking vessel, sometimes of pewter, sometimes with a glass base, with one handle and often a hinged cover.