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 They were often made of soft rayon or gabardine, with bright colors for easy team identification. Gabe Bullard, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 July 2024 Since major advancements have been made in waterproof and windproof materials since the early days—two world wars resulted in innovations like gabardines, nylons, polyesters, and waxed cottons—windbreakers have become some of the lightest varieties of outerwear. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 26 Feb. 2024 Enter Thomas Burberry’s innovation: gabardine, a waterproof, yet breathable cotton fabric primed for unpredictable weather and difficult damp conditions. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 21 Sep. 2023 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

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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 24 Jul. 2024.

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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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