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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
First recorded in 1605-15, dungaree is from the Hindi word dungrī kind of coarse cloth Unabridged
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  • Ralph stood at the wheel shivering, clad in a suit of dungarees.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • Ramos' bubb was spinning once more, but he was wearing just dungarees.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • The men went about in their undershirts and dungarees, barefooted.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • "We want to borrow some clothes; dungarees, overalls, anything you've got," said Kit.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck

    Harold Bindloss
  • From the wing-struts we transferred to a Navy dory, manned by enlisted men commanded by a blank-faced ensign in dungarees.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • But the fists he carried in the pockets of his dungarees bulged like coconuts, and his hairy arms were looped brown cables.

  • He drew a fountain-pen from a pocket beneath his dungarees and the girl found a piece of paper in one of the table drawers.

    Captain Calamity

    Rolf Bennett
  • "I had an idee that thwart would pull loose," Mr. Gibney remarked, as he got up and rubbed the seat of his dungarees.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for dungarees


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 dungarees

trousers made of dungaree, 1868.


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

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