\ ˈjēn How to pronounce jean (audio) \

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

Examples of jean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After literal decades of button-ups and jeans, men's fashion is finally getting interesting. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "James Charles Just Wore Harry Styles’ Favorite Accessory: the Pearl Necklace," 4 Feb. 2020 At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Mr. Ebbers — also known as Bernie — was long a swaggering figure in his industry, a former collegiate basketball player who became known as ‘‘the telecom cowboy’’ for donning a cowboy hat and jeans. Harrison Smith,, "Bernard Ebbers, 78; WorldCom CEO convicted in historic fraud scandal," 3 Feb. 2020 He was last seen wearing a blue jacket with a hood, jeans and sneakers. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "11-year old boy missing for a week after leaving home to visit friend's house," 3 Feb. 2020 These are knives designed for life outside the sheath and jeans pocket. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Knives of SHOT Show 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 Court documents state police also searched the Ford Fusion and obtained a pair of women’s jeans which appeared to have blood on them. al, "Birmingham man says he killed 3 in Illinois after trying to trade drugs for truck," 31 Jan. 2020 Thanks to its lightweight, laidback design, Tretorn's Nyliteplus sneakers can be paired with everything from denim shorts to skinny jeans and cropped trousers to sundresses and trendy skirts. Kelsey Mulvey, Marie Claire, "I'm Obsessed With These Tretorn Sneakers—And They're Finally On Sale," 31 Jan. 2020 The second suspect was wearing a black Nike hoodie, torn black jeans and black and gray shoes. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Suspects sought after Sonic robbed in Mesquite," 29 Jan. 2020 Men’s fashion going into the 2020s still looks a lot like the sartorial stuff of a century ago, minus the sneaker culture and skinny jeans. René A. Guzman,, "Happy New Year. Welcome to the new Roaring ’20s!," 1 Jan. 2020

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Jean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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