Definition of gabardine in English:


(British gaberdine)

Pronunciation /ˈɡabərˌdēn/ /ˈɡæbərˌdin/

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  • 1A smooth, durable twill-woven cloth, typically of worsted or cotton.

    ‘Look for all-season fabrics like wool gabardine, cotton blends or rayon crepe.’
    • ‘Authenticity is found in English herringbone, cotton gabardine and corduroy.’
    • ‘The small size also allows us to observe textural differences, such as the distinction between wool gabardine and cotton shirting, without the substances becoming unduly associative.’
    • ‘They are made of various fabrics (wool crepe, wool gabardine, cotton), but are all dry clean only.’
    • ‘He had a light blue gabardine suit with very tight pants.’
    • ‘Cut sections 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 and 15 from wool gabardine along the fabric straight of grain.’
    • ‘Look for classics updated in fabrics such as corduroy, wool woven in gabardine, herringbone and glen plaid.’
    • ‘You may want a cleaner that is doing a lot of hand ironing and soft steaming as opposed to machine pressing, which is death to a fabric like gabardine.’
    • ‘Although gabardine is a popular fabric, it is one that shines prematurely.’
    • ‘Firm, stable fabrics such as melton and gabardine hold the cut edge shape with minimal staystitching.’
    • ‘They were basically condemned to flowing tents and baggy ill-fitting gabardine outfits displayed in middle-class department stores.’
    • ‘Once we entered the building, I just stared at all the fabric, completely awestruck by all the silk, wool, gabardine - whatever you could possibly want.’
    • ‘Although my school days were spent wearing dredged-pond green gabardine, I'm now hugely relieved that I never felt any pressure to look good in the classroom.’
    • ‘During World War II he acquired a government contract to manufacture covert and gabardine trousers.’
    • ‘For daywear, I have used gabardine and crepe and for evening, there are vibrant silks and chiffon.’
    • ‘The tanned, trim body was wearing a blue-and-white striped jersey with the sleeves pushed up and gabardine pants.’
    • ‘I think price is an issue only when it's a basic replacement item, like a gabardine suit.’
    • ‘So look for mid-weight gabardine and worsted wool, which are comfortable in all temperatures.’
    • ‘Technology and the Internet are also taking interest away from the wonders of wool and gabardine, he said.’
    • ‘A good worsted wool has nap or texture, is less subject to shine, and will wear longer than gabardine.’
    1. 1.1British A raincoat made of gabardine.
      ‘Surrounded by a sea of heavy overcoats and gabardines, he finally caught the eye of a barman.’
      • ‘The firm makes denims, drills, general protective clothing and gaberdines.’
      • ‘He also undertook to give a touch to Ignacio-adult's gabardines and shorts.’
      • ‘The girl wore a wide rimmed black hat full with dark lace, a black gabardine and she stood on the toes of her shinny black buckle shoes to place the rose.’
      • ‘Was that really how I looked, I wondered, how I appeared to others, the gabardine sitting rakishly on the shoulders, the sleeves hanging free?’
      • ‘My last school gaberdine was new for my fourth year, although by then school coat regulation had begun to relax.’
      • ‘They wore jackets of Scotch tweed and flannel suits in winter, blue blazers and gabardines in summer; all of it they'd had tailored by New Haven tailors like Chipp or Langrock's.’
      • ‘They were not much to look at-tanned, tattered, inhabited, maybe, but under their frowsy gaberdines was a complete mail of money belts, and they were just as good as gold.’
    2. 1.2usually gaberdinehistorical A loose long upper garment, worn particularly by Jewish men.
      ‘Outside of the Ghetto the modern Shylock is envisioned as a man of mode, whose proverbial gabardine has been replaced by the latest Parisian cry.’
      • ‘They were all wearing gaberdines of thick grey cloth, long beards, and bare-necked.’
      • ‘The Jewish quarter, known as Podol, was teeming with Orthodox Jews with their sidelocks and long gaberdines, much like those who lived at the lower end of Krochmalna.’
      • ‘ He listens to the solemn intonations, and watches the bearded men in gaberdines.’


Early 16th century from Old French gauvardine, earlier gallevardine, perhaps from Middle High German wallevart ‘pilgrimage’ and originally ‘a garment worn by a pilgrim’. The textile sense is first recorded in the early 20th century.