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

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 So far this summer, Jennifer Lawrence has been out and about in breezy dresses, does-it-all denim, and the sort of simple basics that are the foundations of every woman’s wardrobe. Alice Cary, Vogue, 1 Aug. 2022 Last Sunday’s blend of Christianity and the American West convened disciples in denim and 10-gallon hats. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 July 2022 A few hours later, Holmes was back at it again, this time wearing indigo-wash denim and a white button-up shirt tucked in. Sam Reed, Glamour, 21 July 2022 What started out as a one-room bar named the Wawase became one of the first levi-leather — or denim and leather — bars in Indianapolis within one year of its opening, according to its website. Madison Smalstig, The Indianapolis Star, 21 July 2022 While his older sister and younger brother were casually attired in denim and shorts, Dominic looked dapper in a black suit and cross necklace. Fox News, 19 July 2022 Fifth-Main also has its own new clothing, which includes contemporary basics, denim, athletic wear, shoes and accessories. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2022 Paired with trench coats and sneakers, easy white dresses, denim, or bikinis, the baseball hat works hard. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 June 2022 Buckle will open a 4,541-square-foot store next to Urban Cookhouse selling denim, apparel, accessories and shoes. William Thornton |, al, 29 June 2022 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Denim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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