gaberdine

noun
gab·​er·​dine | \ ˈga-bər-ˌdēn How to pronounce gaberdine (audio) \

Definition of gaberdine

1 : a long loose outer garment worn in medieval times and associated especially with Jews since the 16th century

First Known Use of gaberdine

1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gaberdine

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)

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“Gaberdine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaberdine. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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