gabardine

[gab-er-deen, gab-er-deen]
noun
1.
Also, gaberdine. a firm, tightly woven fabric of worsted, cotton, polyester, or other fiber, with a twill weave.
2.
gaberdine ( def 1 ).

Origin:
spelling variant of gaberdine

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gabardine or gaberdine (ˈɡæbəˌdiːn, ˌɡæbəˈdiːn, ˈɡæbəˌdiːn, ˌɡæbəˈdiːn)
 
n
1.  a twill-weave worsted, cotton, or spun-rayon fabric
2.  an ankle-length loose coat or frock worn by men, esp by Jews, in the Middle Ages
3.  any of various other garments made of gabardine, esp a child's raincoat
 
[C16: from Old French gauvardine pilgrim's garment, from Middle High German wallewart pilgrimage; related to Spanish gabardina]
 
gaberdine or gaberdine
 
n
 
[C16: from Old French gauvardine pilgrim's garment, from Middle High German wallewart pilgrimage; related to Spanish gabardina]

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gabardine
1590s, "dress, covering," variant of gaberdine. Meaning "closely woven cloth" is from 1904.
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gabardine

any of several varieties of worsted, cotton, silk, and mixed tightly woven fabrics, embodying certain features in common and chiefly made into suits and overcoats. It is a relatively strong and firm cloth, made with a twill weave, and somewhat resembling whipcord but of lighter texture. The weft, or filling, lies entirely at the back and is therefore not visible from the front, a circumstance that allows the use of filling of inferior quality without loss of durability, for only the warp surface is exposed to wear.

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Example sentences
Wool blend fabrics, such as gabardine or crepe, and microfiber tend to resist wrinkles more than other fabrics.
He was wearing a three-piece suit of beige gabardine with a white shirt, cuff links, and tie.
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