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 (găb′ər-dēn′, găb′ər-dēn′)
1. A long, coarse cloak or frock worn especially by Jews during the Middle Ages. Also called gabardine.
2. Chiefly British A laborer's long loose smock.
3. See gabardine.

[Obsolete French gauvardine, from Old French galvardine, perhaps from Middle High German wallevart, pilgrimage : wallen, to roam (from Old High German wallōn; see wel- in Indo-European roots) + vart, journey (from Old High German, from faran, to go; see per- in Indo-European roots).]


(ˈɡæbəˌdiːn; ˌɡæbəˈdiːn)
(Textiles) a variant spelling of gabardine


(ˈgæb ərˌdin, ˌgæb ərˈdin)

1. Also, gabardine. a long, loose coat or frock for men, worn in the Middle Ages, esp. by Jews.
[1510–20; < Middle French gauvardine, gallevardine < Sp gabardina]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gaberdine - a loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the anklesgaberdine - a loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles
coverall - a loose-fitting protective garment that is worn over other clothing


[ˌgæbəˈdiːn] N (= cloth, raincoat) → gabardina f


[ˌgæbəˈdiːn] n (material) → gabardine m; (coat) → (soprabito di) gabardine
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I am an impoverished wretch the very gaberdine I wear is borrowed from Reuben of Tadcaster.
He was old, and his woollen gaberdine still reeked of the stinking artemisia of the mountain passes.
It is easy, then, in fancy, to people these silent canals with plumed gallants and fair ladies--with Shylocks in gaberdine and sandals, venturing loans upon the rich argosies of Venetian commerce--with Othellos and Desdemonas, with Iagos and Roderigos--with noble fleets and victorious legions returning from the wars.
He was an unshaven little man in a threadbare coat like a gaberdine, with his feet in slippers, and I thought him a harmless fool.
As he toiled on before, with his palm upon the stair-rail, and his long black skirt, a very gaberdine, overhanging each successive step, he might have been the leader in some pilgrimage of devotional ascent to a prophet's tomb.
There are more breastplates than gaberdines to be seen, I promise you.
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Items on offer include gaberdine skirts for 14/11 and 'smart shantung coats' with military collars and broad belts, starting at 21/-03FAMILY and friends of Lance Corporal WM Griffiths of F Company of the 11th Liverpool Scottish Platoon, waited anxiously for news after the young soldier went missing during the charge at Hooge.
Sally said: "She left Edith at work when she got married and later took up sewing again when she began to make Gaberdine mackintoshes for the Retlaw's store, on New Street in Huddersfield.
In The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is anguished at being considered as lowly as a dog: "You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine," cries the moneylender.
A stooped man in a Jewish gaberdine stood at his elbow with a note.