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 That almost Rousseauian ideal came through via relaxed silhouettes, like a patchwork trench, an oversize car coat cut in soft fawn and deep fern green gabardine, and wide-leg trousers split at the seams. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Jan. 2022 The actor, who is also styled by Roach, went for a classic look in a custom Prada silk gabardine suit with a white poplin shirt and black re-nylon tie. Kaitlyn Frey,, 14 Dec. 2021 The gabardine-like dash-and door accents, the pica-thin metal accents. Dan Neil, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 She was joined by her long-time boyfriend Cordae, who rocked a khaki-colored gabardine trench coat by Coach. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 14 Sep. 2021 The double gabardine trench elongates with the detail of embroidery. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 7 July 2021 The first New York location shows off the coastal range with surfboards and sand dunes playing background to playful gabardine beachwear. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 4 June 2021 As well as on the slash neck jumper in black chunky wool and cashmere knit with crystal dove embroidery and pleated peg trousers in black wool gabardine. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Worn with silk jabot blouses over latex leggings and rendered in Prince of Wales check, houndstooth, gabardine and wool tweeds, the palette ranges from pale rose and powder blue to crimson and electric violet. Lindsay Talbot, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2020

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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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“Gabardine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of gabardine

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


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

Kids Definition of gabardine

: a firm cloth with a hard smooth finish

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