\ 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 Congratulations to Chrissy and Luna on their new journeys—in horseback riding and jean-wearing, respectively. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Just Took Up a New Hobby Because Her Therapist Recommended She Do Something for Herself," 17 Jan. 2021 A few years ago, Triarchy dropped its entire assortment of stretch denim in a move to become plastic-free; that meant every jean was 100% organic, non-stretch cotton. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Defining Look of 2020? Fracked Fashion," 23 Dec. 2020 Like everyone, tall men need to pay attention to inseam measurements, but another important detail to take into consideration is the rise of the jean. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "How to shop for your perfect pair of jeans online," 16 Oct. 2020 By that logic, a vintage jean from the ’90s might have a footprint close to zero. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Levi’s Launches Its Own Recommerce Site and Buyback Program, Levi’s Secondhand," 5 Oct. 2020 The Amaris is a little bit longer, and then the Sabine jean is a little more cropped. Hanna Flanagan,, "LPA Designer Pia Baroncini on Her New Denim Capsule and What to Expect for Fall Fashion," 12 Aug. 2020 This weekend only, the size-inclusive brand is offering all jeans styles for $65, and there's truly something for everyone. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Universal Standard Jeans Are $65 Memorial Weekend Only," 22 May 2020 So when China implemented strict lockdown measures to control its outbreak of the new coronavirus, companies beyond its borders that were making jeans took a serious hit. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Jean production shows how Covid-19 has devastated the fashion industry," 18 May 2020 The young man, who already looks to be resembling a junior Chip Gaines with his auburn locks and workman jeans, then drove home with his father. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines's Oldest Son Just Got His Driver's Permit and Yes, Mom is Emotional," 25 Feb. 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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“Jean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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