Gaberdine definition

găbər-dēn, găbər-dēn
A long, coarse cloak or frock worn especially by Jews during the Middle Ages.
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(chiefly british) A laborer's long loose smock.
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A loose coat of coarse cloth, worn in the Middle Ages and later associated with Jews.
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A long cloak.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gaberdine
Plural:
gaberdines

Origin of gaberdine

  • Obsolete French gauvardine from Old French galvardine perhaps from Middle High German wallevart pilgrimage wallen to roam (from Old High German wallōn wel-2 in Indo-European roots) vart journey (from Old High German) (from faran to go per-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition