denim

[den-uhm]
noun
1.
a heavy, Z-twist, twill cotton for jeans, overalls, and other work and leisure garments.
2.
a similar fabric of finer quality, for covering cushions, furniture, etc.
3.
denims, (used with a plural verb) a garment, especially trousers or overalls, made of denim.

Origin:
1685–95; < French: short for serge de Nîmes serge of Nîmes

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denim (ˈdɛnɪm)
 
n
1.  a.  a hard-wearing twill-weave cotton fabric used for trousers, work clothes, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a denim jacket
2.  a.  a similar lighter fabric used in upholstery
 b.  (as modifier): denim cushion covers
 
[C17: from French (serge) de Nîmes (serge) of Nîmes]

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denim
1695, from Fr. serge de Nîmes "serge from Nîmes," town in southern France. Application to "coarse cotton cloth" is first recorded 1850 in Amer.Eng.
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Example sentences
Most of the construction consists of recycled materials, even down to the blue
  jean denim insulating the walls.
Dress code requires a collared shirt, lack of denim and soft spikes.
Wear them with dark denim and a crisp button-down for a perfect fall ensemble.
No amount of blue-collar denim would ever convince one otherwise.
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