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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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  • Look at me—I had a singlet an' a pair of dungarees when I landed on the beach in T'yti, an' look at me now!

  • Ralph stood at the wheel shivering, clad in a suit of dungarees.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • 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
  • The men went about in their undershirts and dungarees, barefooted.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • I slipped into the lavatory, hastily doffed my glad rags, and climbed into flannel and dungarees once more.

    From Chart House to Bush Hut Charles W. L. Bryde
  • But the fists he carried in the pockets of his dungarees bulged like coconuts, and his hairy arms were looped brown cables.

  • The experienced prefer tough, ordinary clothes like dungarees and denim shirts.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
  • 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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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