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[gab-er-deen, gab-er-deen]
  1. Also gabardine. a long, loose coat or frock for men, worn in the Middle Ages, especially by Jews.
  2. gabardine(def 1).
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Origin of gaberdine

1510–20; < Middle French gauvardine, gallevardine < Spanish gabardina, perhaps a conflation of gabán (≪ Arabic qabā men's overgarment) and tabardina, diminutive of tabardo tabard
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Examples from the Web for gaberdine

Historical Examples

  • They had dressed him in a gaberdine and set the yellow cap on his shaven poll.

    Dreamers of the Ghetto

    I. Zangwill

  • The helper then threw off his gaberdine, and showed himself to be St. George.

    The Grateful Dead

    Gordon Hall Gerould

  • He spread out the skirts of his gaberdine and pirouetted between the lines of tethered horses.

  • He had, moreover, seen the Triller's gaberdine hanging in the monastery at Ebersdorf.

  • A picturesque grey-headed and grey-bearded old Jew, in a shovel-hat and gaberdine.'

    Our Mutual Friend

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for gaberdine


  1. a variant spelling of gabardine
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Word Origin and History for gaberdine


"long, loose outer garment," 1510s, from Spanish gabardina, from Middle French galverdine, which is perhaps from Middle High German wallevart "pilgrimage" (German Wallfahrt) in the sense of "pilgrim's cloak" (from Old High German wallon "to roam;" see gallant (adj.) + faran "to go, travel;" see fare (v.)). The Spanish form perhaps influenced by gabán "overcoat" and tabardina "coarse coat."

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