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 Buy now: $295, 5 1/2-Inch Traveler Swim Trunk by Ralph Lauren As the name suggests, Ralph Lauren’s signature Traveler Swim Trunk comes with a five and a half-inch inseam. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Men’s Swim Trunks to Wear This Summer," 12 May 2020 The extra-stretchy style—made from a nylon and spandex blend—also has a double-layered waistband and paneled inseams to keep the leggings in place and prevent chafing. Braelyn Wood,, "This Ashley Graham-Approved Activewear Brand Just Marked a Bunch of Leggings 40% Off," 25 Apr. 2020 Jumpsuits are all the rage, and if music festivals were actually happening right now, Cota’s version, with its relaxed inseam and super roomy pockets, would probably be popular. Los Angeles Times, "Our fashion critic reviews ‘Making the Cut’s’ winning looks: ‘Coachella-worthy’," 17 Apr. 2020 But most kids don’t help set a fashion trend, which Green did with the short shorts — 16 inches in length and an 11½-inch inseam — that his mom gets custom-tailored. Connor Letourneau,, "Basketball prodigy Jalen Green’s life in Napa on hold as big choice awaits," 13 Apr. 2020 Those blessed with long legs will likely never notice it, however, shorter inseams will feel that edge go right into the back of a thigh. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Our 2020 BMW M340i Is a Return to Form," 24 Mar. 2020 The average American man is 5-foot-9, and let’s estimate his inseam length is about 32 inches. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Who's the Jerk in This Airline Video: the Woman Reclining or the Guy Hitting Her Seat?," 13 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of inseam

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Inseam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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