\ 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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Heavily armed soldiers pin down a man wearing jeans and a short-sleeved shirt in a video shot last week from a high-rise building. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "No Dialogue for Maduro," 3 Feb. 2019 Myles Pankey, 19, fit the profile of a blue-city adventure seeker, showing up in jeans and a plaid flannel shirt. Dave Philipps, The Seattle Times, "The Army, in need of recruits, turns focus to Seattle, other liberal-leaning cities," 2 Jan. 2019 The durability of these tribes’ signature presentations is astonishing in an age of jeans and T-shirts. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 The mother, wearing white jeans and a pink short-sleeved shirt, placed them in her shoulder bag. Rosemary Sobol,, "Judge works out deal to bring family together for funeral of boy who died in foster home fire," 13 July 2018 The neighbor—a scruffy-bearded white man in jeans and a T-shirt—came outside to meet him. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 Kim Beward wore jeans and a Pulse nightclub T-shirt in honor of the victims of the Orlando, Fla., nightclub shooting for her 2016 rappel, which was also down the Hyatt Regency. David Anderson, The Aegis, "'Electrifying!' Joppa woman rappels down tall building to raise money for Kidney Foundation," 8 June 2018 Wear painter's pants with your favorite sneakers, add a pop of safety orange to an earth-toned fit, or just throw a classic shop coat over jeans and a T-shirt. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "How to Wear Workwear Right Now," 23 May 2018 In one video, Feeley, in jeans and a black T-shirt, visited a tiny open-air barbershop, beneath a highway overpass in the gritty neighborhood of El Marañón. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Diplomat Who Quit the Trump Administration," 19 May 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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