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blue jeans

noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
close-fitting trousers made of blue denim or denimlike fabric, having pockets and seams often reinforced with rivets, and worn originally as work pants but now also as casual attire by persons of all ages.
Compare jean (def 2), Levi's.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55
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Examples from the web for blue jeans
  • He wore a denim shirt and blue jeans or a leather jacket and brown corduroys.
  • Lightweight cotton khakis and hiking pants are generally a better choice than blue jeans, which can be heavy.
  • Patching a heart is certainly trickier than patching an old pair of blue jeans.
  • Freddie was uncomfortable in her fancy dress, wishing she was wearing her usual old blue jeans.
  • He brought in western art books and magazines, and sometimes traded camera equipment, records and blue jeans for works of art.
  • After all, there does not appear to be any special virtue in a suit of blue jeans.
  • He wears blue jeans and shirts without ties and he rides to work on a motorcycle.
  • He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.
  • The priest, having replaced his vestments with blue jeans, stayed and drank beer.
  • Her only extravagance seems to be the blue jeans and visiting with friends in town.
Word Origin and History for blue jeans

from 1843 as a type of fabric; see jean. As short for blue jeans trousers, from 1878.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for blue jeans

trousers originally designed in the United States by Levi Strauss in the mid-19th century as durable work clothes, with the seams and other points of stress reinforced with small copper rivets. They were eventually adopted by workingmen throughout the United States and then worldwide.

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