work clothes, overalls, etc., of blue denim.
blue denim.

1605–15; < Hindi dungrī kind of coarse cloth

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

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Word Origin & History

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

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trousers originally designed in the United States by Levi Strauss in the mid-19th century as durable work clothes, with the seams and other points of stress reinforced with small copper rivets. They were eventually adopted by workingmen throughout the United States and then worldwide.

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Example sentences
Blue for clothing is as safe and common as dungarees and the navy suit.
We'd live in a giant hive, and dress identically in dungarees.
We were dressed alike-holey dungarees, battered leather jacket, timeworn
  flannel shirt.
The bear was fitted with dungarees and a military campaign hat.
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