A cloth of wool, cotton, rayon, etc. twilled on one side and having a fine, diagonal weave, used for suits, coats, dresses, etc.
A garment made of this cloth.
A sturdy, tightly woven fabric of cotton, wool, or rayon twill.
(chiefly british) A laborer's long loose smock; a gaberdine.
(countable) A yellow robe that Jews in England were compelled to wear in the year 1189 as a mark of distinction.
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Origin of gabardine
- Alteration of gaberdine
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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')