gar·​i·​bal·​di ˌger-ə-ˈbȯl-dē How to pronounce garibaldi (audio)
plural garibaldi or garibaldis
or Garibaldi : a loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt or blouse for women and children that was popular in the latter part of the 19th century and was styled in imitation of the red shirts worn by the Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi and his followers
Also in London were clothiers who featured the latest in female fashion—red-colored Garibaldi blouses.Gay Talese
: a bright orange damselfish (Hypsypops rubicundus) of the Pacific coast from northern California to Baja California that may reach a length of about 14 inches (35.6 centimeters)

Note: Young garibaldi have iridescent blue spots that fade as they mature.

Examples of garibaldi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eye-catching vermilion rockfish share the water with the state’s official marine fish, the orange garibaldi, which is Sun’s favorite. James T. Bartlett, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2020 All passengers have their own seats and portholes to look for garibaldi, urchins, rockfish and bat rays, among other sea life. Kathie Bozanich, Orange County Register, 22 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of garibaldi was in 1865

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“Garibaldi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Gar·​i·​bal·​di ˌger-ə-ˈbȯl-dē How to pronounce Garibaldi (audio)
Giuseppe 1807–1882 Italian patriot

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