\ˈjēn \

Definition of jean 

1 : a durable twilled cotton cloth used especially for sportswear and work clothes

2 : pants usually made of jean or denim usually used in plural

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Meghan Markle sets out for another day in New Zealand, this time wearing J.Crew skinny jeans and a black Karen Walker blazer, according to royal correspondent Emily Andrews. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears J.Crew Jeans and a Karen Walker Blazer in Auckland, New Zealand," 29 Oct. 2018 Dress like a billionaire: jeans, sneakers, T-shirt. WSJ, "101 Ways to Live, Work and Goof Off More Ambitiously," 26 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, Harry ditched his signature navy suit and looks very dad-like today in his long-sleeve denim shirt, jeans, brown belt, and tan shoes. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Twinned with Serena Williams and Wore a Blazer from Her Collection," 17 Oct. 2018 Semanchik successfully petitioned for Cheek’s bra, jeans, socks, shoes and fingernails to be retested for DNA. Sandra E. Garcia, The Seattle Times, "DNA evidence exonerates a man of murder after 20 years in prison," 16 Oct. 2018 Just make sure to wear padded clothing, like sweatpants or jeans, underneath to protect from sharp edges. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Halloween Costumes From the PM Archives," 11 Oct. 2018 Most of Curtis's other Instagram posts feature her in jeans, overalls, or workout clothes. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Nicole Curtis Looks Stronger Than Ever in New Swimsuit Photo," 13 Aug. 2018 Timberlake, 37, rocked black jeans, an open denim button-down with short sleeves and a white T-shirt underneath. Dave Quinn,, "Paris PDA! Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Smooch at Midnight in the City of Love," 3 July 2018 These may be just shoes, or just jeans, or just a $39 green jacket, but the first lady is a former model who understands clothes. Christopher Muther,, "There are no accidents in Melania Trump’s wardrobe choices," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of jean

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jean

short for jean fustian, from Middle English Gene Genoa, Italy + fustian

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