\ 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

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Dressed in a black polo shirt and dark jeans, the New Jersey senator spoke Saturday afternoon in Ames at a picnic organized by the Story County Democrats. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "On the Oratory Trail in Iowa," 11 June 2019 The Duchess wore a blue blazer over a black shirt and jeans. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wears a Blue Blazer for the Royal Couple's Second Day in Morocco," 24 Feb. 2019 What's the easiest way to dress up a T-shirt and jeans? Aeyung Kim, Seventeen, "Queer Eye's Tan France Shares the One Gift Your Boyfriend Actually Wants for the Holidays," 9 Nov. 2018 As seen in photos published by People, Chloë wore a black lace dress under an oversize navy blazer, while Dylan, 26, kept it comfy in a T-shirt and jeans. Lily Rose, Teen Vogue, "Chloë Grace Moretz and Dylan O'Brien Hung Out in L.A., Sparking Romance Rumors," 9 Aug. 2018 Save up to 50 percent on shorts, swimwear, tank tops, t-shirts, jeans and pants during the Memorial Day Sale. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Memorial Day Sales: 21 places to score a deal," 22 May 2018 This floral blazer works as both a coat over jeans and a T-shirt, or buttoned up as a dress with heels. Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Fall Looks That Will Instantly Improve Your Wardrobe," 19 Sep. 2018 Dressed casually in jeans while strolling through various neighborhoods, Kander addressed many issues in his three-and-a-half-minute video — affordable housing, education quality, customer service — but gift ethics was not one of them. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC council members slam gift ethics plan as Jason Kander drops casual campaign video," 12 July 2018 Hoodies were cropped, bows and crystals were added to various items, and jeans were turned into miniskirts. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "The Attico and Re/Done Launched a Sustainable Capsule Collection," 16 May 2019

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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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