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gabardine

[gab-er-deen, gab-er-deen] /ˈgæb ərˌdin, ˌgæb ərˈdin/
noun
1.
Also, gaberdine. a firm, tightly woven fabric of worsted, cotton, polyester, or other fiber, with a twill weave.
2.
gaberdine (def 1).
Origin of gabardine
spelling variant of gaberdine
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Examples from the Web for gabardine
Historical Examples
  • He liked the look of a Burberry gabardine which lay beside him on the seat.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • "Now, Bill, out with the bingo," said the man in the gabardine to his companion.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • He was tall and straight and the coat looked like a Jewish gabardine.

    Darkwater W. E. B. Du Bois
  • The peddler's couch was empty, save for his gabardine of gray and the false hair that had served him for a beard.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • "Look alive, then," said Dick; and he forthwith took from beneath his gabardine several small parcels done up in brown paper.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • He shook his gabardine jacket clear of his arm and stepped into the night.

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
  • His skull-cap and his gabardine might have been heirlooms from the Patriarch Jacob; and his poor hands seemed made for clawing.

  • He felt sure that his instinctive good taste had not deserted him in choosing the brown suit and the gabardine.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • A porter took his kit-bag and wanted to relieve him also of the gun-case, the fishing-rod, and the gabardine.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • He spread out the skirts of his gabardine and pirouetted between the lines of tethered horses.

British Dictionary definitions for gabardine

gabardine

/ˈɡæbəˌdiːn; ˌɡæbəˈdiːn/
noun
1.
a twill-weave worsted, cotton, or spun-rayon fabric
2.
an ankle-length loose coat or frock worn by men, esp by Jews, in the Middle Ages
3.
any of various other garments made of gabardine, esp a child's raincoat
Word Origin
C16: from Old French gauvardine pilgrim's garment, from Middle High German wallewart pilgrimage; related to Spanish gabardina
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Word Origin and History for gabardine
n.

1590s, "dress, covering," variant of gaberdine. Meaning "closely woven cloth" is from 1904.

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