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 denim (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 former brunette looked casual in a graphic tee, a two-toned denim jacket, jeans and a face mask. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "See Lily James as Pamela Anderson in First Set Photo from Upcoming Pam & Tommy Series," 4 May 2021 In the video—which has been viewed nearly 65,000 times—the young woman layers a denim jacket over a shin-length sundress, accessorized granny-style with a bucket hat and sandals over socks. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Grandpa Style: Why 20-Somethings Are Dressing like Senior Citizens," 19 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, Allen, cllad in a white denim jacket and a purple cowboy hat, was jamming out to the song on the stage at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Brad Paisley Surprises Jimmie Allen for Special 'Freedom Was A Highway' Duet at the 2021 ACM Awards," 18 Apr. 2021 Perhaps, these layered denim looks are in preparation for all of us heading back into the world as vaccine rollouts continue. Shannon Carlin,, "Celine Agrees With TikTok: Skinny Jeans Are Out," 14 Apr. 2021 Those familiar with the romanticism of his ready-to-wear may find his foray into a casual material like denim surprising. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Erdem and Universal Standard Join Forces for a Game-changing Denim Collaboration," 31 Mar. 2021 The denim is haunted by the spirits of agricultural workers at the other end of the supply chain, who fell into harvesting machinery and died. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Subtle Joy of the Small Horror Movie," 1 Mar. 2021 Contrary to her denim, her bracelets, rings, and necklaces embodied summer 2021's hottest jewelry trends from emerging Instagram-friendly brands like La Manso. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Wore Low-Rise Von Dutch Jeans Because Time Is a Flat Circle," 7 Apr. 2021 These raffia loafers are begging to be worn with all of your light wash denim, breezy linen, and summer sundresses. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, "All The Best Shoes To Wear This Spring, From Ballet Flats To Block Heels," 5 Apr. 2021

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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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15 May 2021

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“Denim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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