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jean

[jeen or for 1, British formerly jeyn] /dʒin or for 1, British formerly dʒeɪn/
noun
1.
Sometimes, jeans. a sturdy twilled fabric, usually of cotton.
2.
jeans, (used with a plural verb)
  1. blue jeans.
  2. pants of various fabrics, styled or constructed like blue jeans.
    Compare Levi's.
Origin
1485-1495
1485-95; short for jean fustian, earlier Gene(s) fustian Genoese or Genoa fustian
Related forms
jeaned, adjective
Can be confused
genes, jeans.

Jean

[French zhahn for 1, 2; jeen for 3] /French ʒɑ̃ for 1, 2; dʒin for 3/
noun
1.
born 1921, Grand Duke of Luxembourg 1964–2000.
2.
a male given name, form of John.
3.
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for jean

jean

/dʒiːn/
noun
1.
a tough twill-weave cotton fabric used for hard-wearing trousers, overalls, etc See also jeans
Word Origin
C16: short for jean fustian, from GeneGenoa

Jean

/French ʒɑ̃/
noun
1.
born 1921, full name Jean Benoît Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d'Aviano, grand duke of Luxembourg (1964–2000)
2.
Michaelle. born 1957, in Haiti. Canadian stateswoman and broadcaster; governor-general from 2005
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Word Origin and History for jean

Jean

masc. proper name, from French equivalent of John. Fem. proper name is from French equivalent of Jane.

n.

"twilled cotton cloth," mid-15c., from Middle French jean fustian "fustian (a type of twilled cotton cloth) of Genoa," the city in Italy, from Old French Jannes "Genoa," from Latin Genua (see Genoa). The plural form jeans became standard 19c.

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jean in Technology

language
A dialect of JOSS.
[Details?]
(1997-09-14)

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