gabardine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gabardine a loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles
    • n gabardine (usually in the plural) trousers made of flannel or gabardine or tweed or white cloth
    • n gabardine a firm durable fabric with a twill weave
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gabardine A coarse frock or loose upper garment formerly worn by Jews; a mean dress.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gabardine A long loose cloak or frock, generally coarse, with or without sleeves and a hood, formerly worn by common men out of doors, and distinctively by Jews when their mode of dress was regulated by law; hence, any similar outer garment worn at the present day, especially in Eastern countries.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. gabardina,; cf. It. gavardina, OF. galvardine, calvardine, gavardine, galeverdine,; perh. akin to Sp. & OF. gaban, a sort of cloak or coat for rainy weather, F. caban, great coat with a hood and sleeves, It. gabbano, and perh. to E. cabin,

Usage

In literature:

His skin, like a gabardine.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
His dressing-gown had the look of a gabardine.
"Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm
Simon passed his hand roughly over him and felt a fat clean-shaven face, and a cloth gabardine which hung to the ankles.
"Sir Nigel" by Arthur Conan Doyle
It had been made by our able sailmaker, Rionne, and was of very thin windproof gabardine.
"The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2" by Roald Amundsen
She presented a dainty figure in cream gabardine and a broad-brimmed straw hat which suited her admirably.
"Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo" by William Le Queux
Outside all other garments the burberry gabardine was worn.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
His skin, like a gabardine.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
She's wearing the astrakhan, and carrying the gabardine, flung careless-like over her arm.
"Echoes of the War" by J. M. Barrie
He was tall and straight and the coat looked like a Jewish gabardine.
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
Willis again protested that he must see what the man had beneath his gabardine.
"King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855" by E. Keble Chatterton
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In poetry:

Then another phantom is seen
At her side, in a gray gabardine,
With beard that floats to his waist;
It is Simon Magus, the Seer;
He speaks, and she pauses to hear
The words he utters in haste.
"Helen Of Tyre" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Gabardine is an exciting new community featuring two new garden home villages in Austin's enviable Shady Hollow area.
When my finisher presses slacks that are constructed with a twill weave (especially gabardine), a discoloration that resembles a swirl occurs.
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