- a large drinking cup, usually with a handle and a hinged cover.
- a large one-handled drinking vessel, commonly made of silver, pewter, or glass, sometimes fitted with a hinged lid
- the quantity contained in a tankard
n.c.1300, “large tub-like vessel,” corresponding to Middle Dutch tanckaert, meaning the same thing, but both of unknown origin. A guess hazarded in OED is that it is a transposition of *kantard, from Latin cantharus. Meaning “drinking vessel” is first recorded late 15c.