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jean

[jeen or for 1, British formerly jeyn]
noun
1.
Sometimes, jeans. a sturdy twilled fabric, usually of cotton.
2.
jeans, (used with a plural verb)
b.
pants of various fabrics, styled or constructed like blue jeans. Compare Levi's.

Origin:
1485–95; short for jean fustian, earlier Gene(s) fustian Genoese or Genoa fustian

jeaned, adjective

genes, jeans.

Jean

[French zhahn for 1, 2; jeen 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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jean (dʒiːn)
 
n
See also jeans a tough twill-weave cotton fabric used for hard-wearing trousers, overalls, etc
 
[C16: short for jean fustian, from GeneGenoa]

Jean (French ʒɑ̃)
 
n
1.  born 1921, grand duke of Luxembourg from 1964
2.  Michaelle. born 1957, in Haiti. Canadian stateswoman and broadcaster; governor-general from 2005

jeans (dʒiːnz)
 
pl n
informal trousers for casual wear, made esp of denim or corduroy
 
[plural of jean]

Jeans (dʒiːnz)
 
n
Sir James Hopwood. 1877--1946, English astronomer, physicist, and mathematician, best known for his popular books on astronomy. He made important contributions to the kinetic theory of gases and the theory of stellar evolution

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Word Origin & History

Jean
masc. proper name, from Fr. equiv. of John. Fem. proper name is from Fr. equivalent of Jane.

jean
"twilled cotton cloth," 1436, from Fr. jean fustian "fustian (a type of twilled cotton cloth) of Genoa," the city in Italy, from O.Fr. Jannes "Genoa," from L. Genua, perhaps from janua "gate," or in ref. to the god Janus (q.v.). The plural form became standard 19c. First used
1843 in sense of "pants made from jean."
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jeans

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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