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

a :  a firm durable twilled usually cotton fabric woven with colored warp and white filling threads
b :  a similar fabric woven in colored stripes
plural :  overalls or trousers usually of blue denim
den·imed \-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

DENIMED Defined for Kids


noun den·im \ˈde-nəm\

Definition of DENIM for Kids

:  a firm often coarse cotton cloth
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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