denim

noun
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 \ -​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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According to The Spruce, the most pet-friendly fabrics are real and faux leather, microfiber, canvas, denim, and outdoor fabrics which are treated to repel odors and moisture. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your White Sofa White," 30 Jan. 2019 Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake entering the 2001 American Music Awards in their infamous dual denim outfits. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "When Men Start To Dress Like Their Spouses," 17 July 2018 The Duchess of Sussex has already won over the hearts of fashionistas around the world with her style choices, from classic coats to cool-girl denim outfits. Kami Phillips, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle's Sold-Out Date Night Jeans Are Finally Back in Stock (Shop Fast!)," 26 June 2018 Stella McCartney Jeans Go for the bold in white and navy dyed denim. WSJ, "Six Tie-Dye Items to Add Spring Wardrobe Whimsy," 21 Feb. 2019 True Religion: From now through February 20, enjoy $50 off select denim styles. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best Presidents’ Day 2019 Sales," 14 Feb. 2019 Tonight Smith, in a raw denim jacket with a shearling collar and black skinny jeans, has crafted a sermon around Old and New Testament stories of pairs of brothers: Cain and Abel, the Prodigal Son. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Open Up About Their Passionate, Not-Always-Easy but Absolutely All-In Romance," 7 Feb. 2019 The collaboration features nearly 100 different pieces, including denim jackets, shirts, and T-shirts in sizes ranging from XS to 3XL. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Sofía Vergara Just Launched a Denim Line in Sizes 0 through 20—and Everything Is $40 and Under," 6 Feb. 2019 Dewan paired her oversize, brilliant-blue denim jacket with a frilly maxi dress, making the petite star look taller and accentuating her shape. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Nails Everyday Casual In a Studded Bag and Patterned Ankle Boots," 24 Jan. 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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denim

noun

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

denim

noun
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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