in·​seam | \ ˈin-ˌsēm How to pronounce inseam (audio) \

Definition of inseam

: the seam on the inside of the leg of a pair of pants also : the length of this seam

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Recent Examples on the Web Made from up to 98 percent cotton, the Levi’s come in over 60 washes and styles (yes, seriously), range in size from 24 to 34, and have customizable inseam lengths (short, regular, or long). Christina Butan,, "These Super Popular, High-Waisted Levi’s Have the ‘Perfect Fit’ — and They're on Sale Right Now," 13 Nov. 2019 On pants, measure the waist, the inseam, and the opening of the leg at the hem. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "There’s never been a better time—or more need—to buy your clothes used," 16 Aug. 2019 On Sunday, the Cavaliers wore matching outfits again: gray suits with short inseams and black boots. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "LeBron James: The Strange Thrill of a One-Man Show," 6 June 2018 Both the men’s and women’s jeans feature five-pocket styling, multiple inseams and colors. Amanda Loudin /, NBC News, "Move over, yoga pants. Is performance denim the new go-to for busy moms?," 25 Mar. 2018 The denims, size 44 with a 36-inch inseam, suggest that Warner was no small man. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Vintage pair of Levis, 125 years old, go for close to $100,000," 26 May 2018 The ladder-lock drawstring keeps the waistband snug, and the eight-inch inseam hits above the knee for unrestrained movement. Outside Online, "The Best Boardshorts of 2018," 15 May 2018 Anything shorter than a 4-inch inseam is for the beach or a marathon. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "11 Burning Questions About Men’s Shorts, Answered," 8 May 2018 And the seasons vibes, all optimism and short inseams, pairs well with bourbon. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "The Best Ways to Drink More Bourbon This Spring," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inseam

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Inseam.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inseam

US : the line where two parts of a pair of pants are sewn together from the top of the inside of the leg to the bottom also : the length of this line

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