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gabardine

[gab-er-deen, gab-er-deen] /ˈgæb ərˌdin, ˌgæb ərˈdin/
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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Examples from the web for gabardine
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for gabardine

gabardine

/ˈɡæbəˌdiːn; ˌɡæbəˈdiːn/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from Old French gauvardine pilgrim's garment, from Middle High German wallewart pilgrimage; related to Spanish gabardina
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Word Origin and History for gabardine
n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for 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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