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.

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For daytime, faded denim was mixed with a sherbet palette, which had an L.A.-slash-Miami Vice feel. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Darren Criss Performs at Glittery Balmain Spring Men's Show in Paris," 23 June 2019 Rhodes stepped into the spotlight in a denim jacket, scarf through her hair. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Did she swallow helium? Let's take the high-pitched comedy of Erica Rhodes seriously," 7 June 2019 The Ankle Looker Fray jeans in Love Gun quickly became one of the most sought after denim styles racking up a waitlist of over 400 people. Kami Phillips,, "Meghan Markle's Sold-Out Date Night Jeans Are Finally Back in Stock (Shop Fast!)," 26 June 2018 Pair it with a denim jacket once the sun sets or even, throw it on top of a bathing suit after your beach day. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "This $50 H&M Dress Is the Easiest Way to Stay Stylish All Summer Long," 22 May 2019 Meanwhile, Harry ditched his signature navy suit and looks very dad-like today in his long-sleeve denim shirt, jeans, brown belt, and tan shoes. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Twinned with Serena Williams and Wore a Blazer from Her Collection," 17 Oct. 2018 Lili Reinhart shined in a pink dress while Cole kept things different with a denim shirt, white jacket, and red hankerchief. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart Just Walked the Red Carpet Separately at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards," 13 Aug. 2018 This collection marks Levi’s first partnership with a stylist, and Welch has given her in-demand eye to reimagine such iconic pieces as the brand’s trucker jacket, denim shirt, and of course, 501 jeans. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Five Essential Menswear Drops to Shop This Weekend," 18 May 2018 These little Prada sandals are perfect with a summer frock—and just as nice with denim and a crisp white button-down. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Vogue Staffers Pick the Most Chic and Comfortable Shoes to Wear to Work This Summer," 31 May 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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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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