denim

noun
den·​im | \ ˈde-nəm How to pronounce denim (audio) \

Definition of denim

1a : a firm durable twilled usually cotton fabric woven with colored warp and white filling threads
b : a similar fabric woven in colored stripes
2 denims plural : overalls or trousers usually of blue denim

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Other Words from denim

denimed \ ˈde-​nəmd How to pronounce denimed (audio) \ adjective

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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.

Examples of denim in a Sentence

He's wearing faded denims and cowboy boots.

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In a selfie posted today, the supermodel is posing coyly in a cushy chair, her legs crossed quite intentionally to expose the gaping wide hole across the back of her denim pants. Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski’s Wardrobe Malfunction Is Instagram Gold," 1 May 2019 The 36-year-old actress teamed the trench, with billowing sleeves, layered lapels and a huge collar, with relaxed blue jeans (likely a bargain, knowing her taste in denim), a simple satin shirt, and pointed white boots. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Sophia Bush Are Both Loving This Bold and Bright Yellow Trench," 28 Jan. 2019 The Row denim pants, $750, The Row, 8440 Melrose Place, Los Angeles Photo: Ethan James Green for WSJ. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row Launches Menswear," 27 Aug. 2018 Also in the mix are fluid denim pants with side panels and raw edges in styles ranging from bell-bottoms to boyfriend jeans. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Disney, Coach team up for their Dark Fairy Tale fashion collaboration, South Coast Plaza pop-up," 17 May 2018 Previously, most store workers were only allowed to wear khaki-colored or black denim pants, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the change. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Walmart relaxes dress code for some workers: Blue jeans are now OK," 20 Apr. 2018 She was believed to be wearing a green tank top and blue denim pants. Anna Beahm, AL.com, "SBI reactivates search for Geneva woman missing since 2011," 9 Feb. 2018 The high-waisted, light-wash denim pants are soaring in popularity right now. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "There's a New Generation Obsessed With 'Mom Jeans'," 1 May 2017 How to Wear 20 Slides A denim jacket is a wardrobe essential, regardless of season. Glamour, "How to Wear a Denim Jacket This Spring," 2 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of denim

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for denim

French (serge) de Nîmes serge of Nîmes, France

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denim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of denim

: a strong usually blue cotton cloth that is used especially to make jeans
: pants that are made of denim

denim

noun
den·​im | \ ˈde-nəm How to pronounce denim (audio) \

Kids Definition of denim

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

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