gab·​ar·​dine ˈga-bər-ˌdēn How to pronounce gabardine (audio)
: a firm hard-finish durable fabric (as of wool or rayon) twilled with diagonal ribs on the right side
: a garment of gabardine

Examples of gabardine in a Sentence

a jacket made of gabardine
Recent Examples on the Web After more than 20 years of research, his quest to find a way to make jackets both waterproof and breathable culminated with the invention of gabardine in 1888. Alexis Bennett Parker, Vogue, 22 Aug. 2023 And the cotton gabardine construction will stay looking polished and keep things cool. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2023 Made in Yorkshire, England, from shower-resistant cotton gabardine, the Burberry’s Kensington mid-length trench is the perfect length to wear in both formal and off-duty settings. Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 21 Mar. 2023 Holland opted for a custom Prada ebony silk gabardine suit with a white poplin shirt and black re-nylon tie. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 14 Dec. 2021 Material: Cotton gabardine. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2023 He’s credited with inventing gabardine, a tightly woven waterproof wool, circa 1879. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2022 And in China, getting that signature gabardine look will cost you 20,500 yuan or $2,827—around 32% more than buying it where the luxury label was founded. Quartz, 9 Nov. 2022 The 19-piece assortment includes playful yet sophisticated crewneck jumpers, cardigans, vests and cargo pants made from cotton gabardine. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


spelling variant of gaberdine

First Known Use

1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gabardine was in 1520

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“Gabardine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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gab·​ar·​dine ˈgab-ər-ˌdēn How to pronounce gabardine (audio)
: a firm cloth with diagonal ribs and a hard smooth finish
: a garment of gabardine

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