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[duhng-guh-ree] /ˌdʌŋ gəˈri/
  1. work clothes, overalls, etc., of blue denim.
  2. blue jeans.
blue denim.
Origin of dungaree
1605-15; < Hindi dungrī kind of coarse cloth Unabridged
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  • Clad only in dungaree trousers and singlet, I go below, on watch.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • He was dressed in a pea-jacket and dungaree pants, but had no boots.

  • This signal was almost immediately followed by the appearance of three men clad in dungaree suits.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • I refer, of course, to that bird which our shipmates denominate "dungaree chicken."

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • He quite forgot the fact that his dungaree jumper was wet with sweat, that his cap was already fouled with oil.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • He is an old, grizzled man dressed in dungaree pants, a sweater, and a woolen cap with ear flaps.

  • When he arrived again at Walkley's mansion he found the verandah crowded with correspondents in khaki, duck, dungaree and flannel.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • Tresler drew a step nearer, and stood so close to her that her dungaree skirt was almost touching him.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Johnson was in the waist, in a red shirt and dungaree trousers, his eye kindled with activity.

  • A fisherman's tam-o'-shanter on his close-clipped head, and dungaree trousers and heavy brogans, completed his outfit.

    Children of the Frost Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for dungaree


a coarse cotton fabric used chiefly for work clothes, etc
  1. a suit of workman's overalls made of this material consisting of trousers with a bib attached
  2. a casual garment resembling this, usually worn by women or children
(US) trousers
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi dungrī, after Dungrī, district of Mumbai, where this fabric originated
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Word Origin and History for dungaree

1610s, dongerijns, from Hindi dungri "coarse calico," from the name of a village, now one of the quarters of Bombay.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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