Definition of denim
1a : a firm durable twilled usually cotton fabric woven with colored warp and white filling threadsb : a similar fabric woven in colored stripes
2 denims plural : overalls or trousers usually of blue denim
denimedplay \-nəmd\ adjective
Examples of denim in a Sentence
He's wearing faded denims and cowboy boots.
Recent Examples of denim from the Web
What are the building blocks of your style: Denim, colorful ankle pants and heels.
In May, Lord & Taylor stores showcased the newest items in the Ivanka Trump denim collection: a series of indigo, white and pink pants retailing for $79.
FOR MORE THAN a decade now, well past the lifespan allotted most trends, skinny jeans have dominated denim sales.
The model dressed up her swimwear with high-waisted, light-wash jeans, denim block heels with a frayed design, and a sleek snakeskin moto jacket.
Models, photographers, and designers gathered at Spencer House to celebrate the relaunch of the ‘90s perfume wearing slip dresses, denim jackets, and lacy jumpsuits.
Suits featured boxy jackets and athletic drawstring pants, which could be worn with a plasticized denim overcoat.
There was little pushback when the board proposed removing the denim ban, Nissen said.
So there were kite-like constructions fixed atop black sportswear looks in highly technical fabrics, and billowing denim pants paired with ribbed windbreakers and tops scored with lines that appeared to dissect the wearer.
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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: 1695See Words from the same year
DENIM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of denim for English Language Learners
: a strong usually blue cotton cloth that is used especially to make jeans
denims : pants that are made of denim
DENIM Defined for Kids
Definition of denim for Students
1 : a firm often coarse cotton cloth
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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