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blue jeans

noun, (used with a plural verb)
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 of blue jeans
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But even in defeat, he carried down with him between rigid jaws the blue-jeans banner of victory.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily
  • They had on windbreakers the color of old cement and blue-jeans, with their waistbands concealed.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
Word Origin and History for blue-jeans

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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