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 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, "A Saint Laurent Jacket That Defies Expectations," 18 Sep. 2020 Other summer staples that were highlighted in the index are Loewe’s woven basket bag, Balenciaga’s heart pendant (which Demna Gvasalia should probably thank Normal People’s Connell Waldron for), and Prada’s nylon gabardine shorts. Eliza Huber,, "Tennis Skirts, Marine Serre Masks & Harry Styles’ Viral Cardigan Are Summer’s Top Trends," 29 July 2020 The Little Women star showed up wearing a Prada navy blue Re-Nylon gabardine jacket with matching pants. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Timothée Chalamet Arrived at the Oscars In a Meme-Worthy Outfit," 10 Feb. 2020 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

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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 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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