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denim

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noun den·im \ˈde-nəm\

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. 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. 2 plural :  overalls or trousers usually of blue denim

den·imed play \-nəmd\ adjective

Examples of denim

  1. He's wearing faded denims and cowboy boots.



Origin of denim

French (serge) de Nîmes serge of Nîmes, France


First Known Use: 1695

Rhymes with denim


DENIM Defined for Kids

denim

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noun den·im \ˈde-nəm\

Definition of denim

  1. 1 :  a firm often coarse cotton cloth

  2. 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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