(Spanish) gabardina; confer (Italian) gavardina, (Old French) galvardine, calvardine, gavardine, galeverdine; perhaps akin to (Spanish) & (Old French) gaban a sort of cloak or coat for rainy weather, (French) caban great coat with a hood and sleeves, (Italian) gabbano and perhaps to (English) cabin.
A coarse frock or loose upper garment formerly worn by Jews; a mean dress. (Shakespeare)
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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')
gabardine (usually uncountable, plural gabardines) (uncountable, countable) A type of woolen cloth with a diagonal ribbed texture on one side. The merchant found gabardines with finer ribs sold better here (uncountable, countable) A similar fabric, made from cotton (countable) A gaberdine (garment) (countable) A yellow robe that Jews in England were compelled to wear in the year 1189 as a mark of distinction
Adjective gabardine (not comparable) made from gabardine
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