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denim

noun den·im \ˈde-nəm\

: 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
den·imed \-nəmd\ adjective
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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

noun den·im \ˈde-nəm\

Definition of DENIM for Kids

1
:  a firm often coarse cotton cloth
2
denims plural :  overalls or pants of usually blue denim

Word History of 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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