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(mainly British gaberdine)
  • 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 gaberdine historical 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.’



/ˈɡabərˌdēn/ /ˈɡæbərˌdin/


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.