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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

denimed

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Examples of denim in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

Many fabrics have been named for the places where they were once made. Denim gets its name from Nîmes, a city in France famous for its textiles. But the name came about in an unusual way. The fabric, a heavy serge, was originally called serge de Nîmes, literally, “serge from Nîmes.” The “s” on Nîmes is not pronounced in French, so when the name of the fabric came into English, it was often written serge de Nim and later serge denim. In time, this was shortened to simply denim.

Origin and Etymology of denim

French (serge) de Nîmes serge of Nîmes, France


First Known Use: 1695


DENIM Defined for Kids

denim

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noun den·im \ˈde-nəm\

Definition of denim for Students

  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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