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denim

[den-uh m] /ˈdɛn əm/
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
1685-1695
1685-95; < French: short for serge de Nîmes serge of Nîmes
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British Dictionary definitions for denims

denims

/ˈdɛnɪmz/
plural noun
1.
jeans or overalls made of denim

denim

/ˈdɛnɪm/
noun (textiles)
1.
  1. a hard-wearing twill-weave cotton fabric used for trousers, work clothes, etc
  2. (as modifier): a denim jacket
2.
  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 denims

denim

n.

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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