American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sturdy, tightly woven fabric of cotton, wool, or rayon twill. Also called gaberdine.
- n. See gaberdine.
- n. Chiefly British A laborer's long loose smock; a gaberdine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long loose cloak or frock, generally coarse, with or without sleeves and a hood, formerly worn by common men out of doors, and distinctively by Jews when their mode of dress was regulated by law; hence, any similar outer garment worn at the present day, especially in Eastern countries.
- n. uncountable, countable A type of woolen cloth with a diagonal ribbed texture on one side.
- n. uncountable, countable A similar fabric, made from cotton
- n. countable A gaberdine (garment)
- n. countable A yellow robe that Jews in England were compelled to wear in the year 1189 as a mark of distinction
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A coarse frock or loose upper garment formerly worn by Jews; a mean dress.
- n. (usually in the plural) trousers made of flannel or gabardine or tweed or white cloth
- n. a loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles
- n. a firm durable fabric with a twill weave
- Recorded since 1904, altering the earlier gaberdine "long, coarse outer garment" (since 1520), from Spanish gabardina (perhaps influenced by gabán "overcoat" and tabardina "coarse coat"), from Middle French galverdine, itself probably from (Old or Middle) High German wallevart "pilgrimage," in the sense of "pilgrim's cloak" (from wallen 'to ambulate' + vart 'journey') (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of gaberdine. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is true that we had a few yards of darkish "gabardine," or light windproof material, which would have been extremely suitable for this purpose, but every yard of it had long ago been destined for some other use, so that did not get us out of the difficulty.”
“We had overalls of two different materials: Burberry "gabardine" and the ordinary green kind that is used in Norway in the winter.”
“Fabrics made of yarns that aren't tightly twisted, such as gabardine, are particularly prone to shine.”
“gabardine" and the ordinary green kind that is used in Norway in the winter.”
“High-rise pleated shorts are very important now, but in a clean unwashed fabric, such as gabardine or linen.”
“Burberry added a few warfare-ready bells and whistles to his existing "Tielocken" style—made from gabardine, the company's own waterproofed worsted cotton creation—and so the "trench" coat was born.”
“It was there that Paul Moriconi kept a brown leather suitcase containing a gray gabardine military tunic and matching riding pants, a khaki Italian military shirt and a woolen red dress that were claimed to have been a change of clothes in the possession of Mussolini and Petacci when they were captured.”
“The men are layered in gabardine, puffing on pipes, and the women carry large white bags as they hobble in difficult shoes.”
“Meanwhile, the most sensible and classic white piece this spring is the YSL trench in cotton gabardine £1,880.”
“One of my genius purchases was a Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit that came with both trousers and a skirt in black wool gabardine.”
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