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[den-uh m] /ˈdɛn əm/
a heavy, Z-twist, twill cotton for jeans, overalls, and other work and leisure garments.
a similar fabric of finer quality, for covering cushions, furniture, etc.
denims, (used with a plural verb) a garment, especially trousers or overalls, made of denim.
Origin of denim
1685-95; < French: short for serge de Nîmes serge of Nîmes Unabridged
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Examples from the web for denim
  • Most of the construction consists of recycled materials, even down to the blue jean denim insulating the walls.
  • Later this year, she plans to introduce denim skirts and jackets.
  • All of the teachers used to wear these denim painted on, brightly colored jumpers.
  • 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.
  • He wore a denim shirt and blue jeans or a leather jacket and brown corduroys.
  • These days he wears a smart suit, rather than a denim shirt and jeans.
  • No amount of blue-collar denim would ever convince one otherwise.
  • It'll know not to guide you to that navy cashmere sweater if ripped denim is more your style.
  • Your father pats the top of the door, the cuff of his denim jacket flapping around his wrist, his eyes on you.
British Dictionary definitions for denim


noun (textiles)
  1. a hard-wearing twill-weave cotton fabric used for trousers, work clothes, etc
  2. (as modifier): a denim jacket
  1. a similar lighter fabric used in upholstery
  2. (as modifier): denim cushion covers
Word Origin
C17: from French (serge) de Nîmes (serge) of Nîmes
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Word Origin and History for denim

1690s, from French serge de Nîmes "serge from Nîmes," town in southern France. Application to "coarse cotton cloth" is first recorded 1850 in American English. Denims "pants made of denim" recorded from 1868. The place name is Roman Nemausus, said to be ultimately from Gaulish nemo "sanctuary."

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