[ 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.

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 tabardotabard

Words Nearby gaberdine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gaberdine in a sentence

  • He was old, and his woollen gaberdine still reeked of the stinking artemisia of the mountain passes.

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

    Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
  • He wore a black gaberdine and a large hat with a turned-down brim.

    My Memoirs | Marguerite Steinheil
  • I promised, as the price of your admission, to hide me under his bearish gaberdine, and prompt him in the hour of need.

    Kenilworth | Sir Walter Scott
  • A shrivelled arm, a dropsied leg, were to Ribera what a breast-plate and a gaberdine were to Rembrandt.

British Dictionary definitions for gaberdine


/ (ˈɡæbəˌdiːn, ˌɡæbəˈdiːn) /

  1. a variant spelling of gabardine

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