Origin of gabardine
spelling variant of gaberdine
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Examples from the Web for gabardine
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.
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.
- a twill-weave worsted, cotton, or spun-rayon fabric
- an ankle-length loose coat or frock worn by men, esp by Jews, in the Middle Ages
- any of various other garments made of gabardine, esp a child's raincoat
C16: from Old French gauvardine pilgrim's garment, from Middle High German wallewart pilgrimage; related to Spanish gabardina
Word Origin and History for gabardine
1590s, "dress, covering," variant of gaberdine. Meaning "closely woven cloth" is from 1904.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper