noun gab·er·dine \ˈga-bər-ˌdēn\

Definition of gaberdine

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

  2. 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: 1520

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