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[gab-er-deen, gab-er-deen]
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  1. Also gaberdine. a firm, tightly woven fabric of worsted, cotton, polyester, or other fiber, with a twill weave.
  2. gaberdine(def 1).
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Origin of gabardine

spelling variant of gaberdine
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Related Words for gabardine

mantle, shawl, cope, cloak, wrapper, cardinal, wrap, poncho, gabardine, tippet, pelisse, Vandyke, capote, mantilla, tabard, dolman, fichu, bertha, manteau, mantelletta

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Historical Examples of 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.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4

    George W. M. Reynolds

  • He was tall and straight and the coat looked like a Jewish gabardine.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for gabardine



  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
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Word Origin for gabardine

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


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

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