\ 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 This is my personal favorite to wear half-tucked with a straight-leg jean and a ballet flat. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Apr. 2022 Its dark-rinse Romy jean has a tapered high rise and generously relaxed leg, minus the '90s associations of a lighter wash. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Apr. 2022 Christopher Kane’s black jean jacket includes the designer’s signature diamanté; Magda Butrym designed a fitted, tailored option; and Bottega Veneta’s take is a sleek oversized shacket. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 2 Sep. 2021 The client then gets to create their own design by choosing from 50 fabrics and 18 thread colors, in addition to selecting their cut, to create a one-of-a-kind jean. Kristi Dosh, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The key to a baggy jean is pairing it with extreme proportions on top—either an oversized blazer or long coat, or shrunken and cropped. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 18 Jan. 2022 Utilizing Blue Delta Jean’s exclusive online fitting system, every pair is custom made by expert seamstresses ensuring the perfect fitting jean. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 He was last seen wearing a black shirt and black jean shorts with a belt. Steven Hernandez, The Arizona Republic, 17 Oct. 2021 Available in a variety of light and dark indigo washes, the Loopback styles are the signature jean of the season. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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“Jean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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