Simple Definition of denim
: a strong usually blue cotton cloth that is used especially to make jeans
denims : pants that are made of denim
Full Definition of denim
1 a : a firm durable twilled usually cotton fabric woven with colored warp and white filling threads b : a similar fabric woven in colored stripes
2 plural : overalls or trousers usually of blue denim
Examples of denim
He's wearing faded denims and cowboy boots.
Origin of denim
French (serge) de Nîmes serge of Nîmes, France
First Known Use: 1695
DENIM Defined for Kids
Definition of denim
1 : a firm often coarse cotton cloth
2 denims plural : overalls or pants of usually blue denim
History for denim
The word denim came from a French phrase that meant “serge of Nimes.” Serge is a kind of sturdy cloth. Nimes is a city in the southern part of France where making cloth was traditionally a major industry. When the English borrowed the French phrase that meant “serge of Nimes” they made it serge denim. Later this phrase was shortened to denim.
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