Definition of gaberdine
1 : a long loose outer garment worn in medieval times and associated especially with Jews since the 16th century
2 : gabardine 2
Origin and Etymology of 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)
First Known Use: 1520See Words from the same year
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