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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The man, described as in his 40s and pudgy, was wearing a denim jacket. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Woman chases off burglars: Westlake Police Blotter," 2 May 2020 His body was thick, his shoulders broad beneath his black denim jacket. Kate Folk, The New Yorker, "Out There," 16 Mar. 2020 Sometimes a legit denim or leather jacket is too heavy to be your outer layer. Glamour, "How to Wear a Flannel Shirt During Every Season," 27 Jan. 2020 The secret sauce denim is typically a confident light wash that hugs the body, meaning everything is on display. Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Has Mastered the Art of the “Non-Fashion” Fashion Jean," 21 Nov. 2019 While bell-bottom jeans might feel like a huge statement because of their direct association with the 70's, Styles wears flared jeans in an unassuming way that proves the denim can be timeless and versatile. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Wore Bell Bottom Jeans and We Love It," 1 Oct. 2019 Jeff Miller woke Monday morning, slipped on a red cowboy shirt, denim bell bottoms, boots and a brown headband to hold his long hair in place. Paul Schleis,, "Kent State shootings: Jeffrey Miller despised violence. He died in a hail of gunfire," 4 May 2020 Cuoio leather with subtle Beige Tradizione contrast stitching provides some warmth and brightness to the otherwise claustrophobically dark interior and offers the practical advantage of hiding denim stains better than lighter shades. Car and Driver, "How We'd Spec It: 2020 Ferrari Roma," 25 Apr. 2020 Warp + Weft Warp + Weft is a go-to destination for size-inclusive denim for men, women, and children. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "Shop With These Ethical and Sustainable Brands This Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of denim was in 1695

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22 May 2020

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“Denim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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


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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