[gab-er-deen, gab-er-deen]


Also gabardine. a long, loose coat or frock for men, worn in the Middle Ages, especially by Jews.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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