|See also jeans a tough twill-weave cotton fabric used for hard-wearing trousers, overalls, etc|
|[C16: short for jean fustian, from Gene|
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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