Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long, coarse cloak or frock worn especially by Jews during the Middle Ages. Also called gabardine.
  • n. Chiefly British A loose smock worn by laborers.
  • n. See gabardine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long cloak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See gabardine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See gabardine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles

Etymologies

Obsolete French gauvardine, from Old French galvardine, perhaps from Middle High German wallevart, pilgrimage : wallen, to roam (from Old High German wallōn; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots) + vart, journey (from Old High German, from faran, to go; see per-2 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • [82] A gaberdine is a shaggy cloak of coarse but warm materials.

    The Odyssey of Homer

  • Only yesterday my year 7s were falling about watching two of their number lying on the floor in front of the whiteboard, fooling about under a "gaberdine".

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • I didn't grow much until I was about fourteen by which time it was still functioning as a mini gaberdine raincoat as per the fashion and with the belt buckled around the back as you did.

    Harbingers

  • It's not Seasonal Affective Disorder or anything, just that the new year always feels like a gaberdine raincoat that's far too big and baggy and I wallow around in it for a while feeling all wrong, out of step and in danger of tripping over all day long.

    Harbingers

  • I was bought a navy gaberdine raincoat when I was about six with plenty of room to grow into.

    Harbingers

  • I held it in my arms: a nightshirt, nightcap, and slippers, pantaloons and gaberdine, a skullcap, gloves, and overshoes—all in the order in which they would be required.

    Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile

  • He is in black gaberdine with a tall hat on his head and a long white tube of a nose hiding all his face.

    The White Queen

  • Remember the time you (as in me) arrived back off a late duty carrying a "borrowed" and still lit road lamp to provide mood lighting for one of our parties and tucked it under your gaberdine raincoat?

    A special London day

  • But his grace knows the word of a Varangian, and I can assure him that either lucre of my silver gaberdine, which they nickname a cuirass, or the hatred of my corps, would be sufficient to incite any of these knaves to cut the throat of a

    Count Robert of Paris

  • “Your wisdom may guess, by looking on my gaberdine,” answered the Bohemian, pointing to his dress, which was covered with seeds of hay.

    Quentin Durward

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