gab·​er·​dine ˈga-bər-ˌdēn How to pronounce gaberdine (audio)
: a long loose outer garment worn in medieval times and associated especially with Jews since the 16th century

Word History


borrowed from Middle French galvardine, gavardine, borrowed from Spanish gavardina, gabardina "loose overgarment with tight sleeves," probably a blend of gabán "a similar garment" (borrowed from Sicilian cabbanu, borrowed from Arabic qabāʾ) and tabardina, diminutive of tabarda "tunic, tabard" (borrowed from Old French)

First Known Use

1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gaberdine was in 1520

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“Gaberdine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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