gab·​ar·​dine | \ ˈga-bər-ˌdēn How to pronounce gabardine (audio) \

Definition of gabardine

2a : a firm hard-finish durable fabric (as of wool or rayon) twilled with diagonal ribs on the right side
b : a garment of gabardine

Examples of gabardine in a Sentence

a jacket made of gabardine
Recent Examples on the Web His coats were light, breathable, and flexible, though not perfectly waterproof: A cotton gabardine caught in a severe downpour will still start to absorb water. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "The North Face’s new fabric is the latest attempt in an endless struggle to stay dry," 31 Oct. 2019 The Row super 180s cashmere and wool mohair gabardine suits, $4,600 and $4,200, The Row, 17 East 71st Street, New York Photo: Ethan James Green for WSJ. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row Launches Menswear," 27 Aug. 2018 Emile Zola, Cézanne’s childhood friend in Aix en Provence and an aesthetic brother in arms, reclines on a cushion, a Buddha in beige gabardine. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Émile Zola, Cézanne’s childhood friend in Aix-en-Provence and (at least early on) aesthetic brother in arms, reclines on a cushion, a Buddha in beige gabardine. New York Times, "They Suffered for Their Cézanne Portraits," 20 June 2018 Lacroix’s black silk wool–gabardine jacket embroidered with polychrome crystals in the shape of a Byzantine cross, a crux gemmata, is famous for being on Anna Wintour’s first high-low cover for American Vogue in 1988, paired with Guess jeans. Maureen Dowd, Vogue, "“Heavenly Bodies,” the Met’s Biggest Show Ever, Earns Its Hallelujahs," 11 Apr. 2018 People do try to outdo each other with their horsehide motorcycle find or their reversible gabardine jacket find. Liza Corsillo, GQ, "Design Dealer Patrick Parrish Talks Flea Market Fashion and When To Grab Furniture Off the Street," 13 Mar. 2018 What creates this versatility is the suit fabric itself—soft wool, lightly brushed and less formal than traditional gabardine. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Only Suit You’ll Need This Fall," 13 Sep. 2017 Some of the materials used for the new pieces switched, with that trench now in gabardine, not leather. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "The Clothes From the New Y/Project x Honest By Collaboration May Not Be Transparent, But Everything Else Is," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of gabardine

1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gabardine

spelling variant of gaberdine

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12 Dec 2019

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“Gabardine.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of gabardine

: a smooth, stiff type of cloth that is often used for suits


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Kids Definition of gabardine

: a firm cloth with a hard smooth finish

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