[ den-uhm ]

  1. a heavy, Z-twist, twill cotton for jeans, overalls, and other work and leisure garments.

  2. a similar fabric of finer quality, for covering cushions, furniture, etc.

  1. denims, (used with a plural verb) a garment, especially trousers or overalls, made of denim.

Origin of denim

1685–95; <French: short for serge de Nîmes serge of Nîmes

Words Nearby denim Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use denim in a sentence

  • She wore no denim uniform, such as Amy had mentioned on a previous occasion as being the mark of the usual “orphan.”

  • His clothing was also, in part, that of a parader: a brilliant-hued coat worn over his ordinary faded suit of denim.

    Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
  • He wore a loose blue denim blouse and trousers which flapped about his bare feet.

    The Amazing Inheritance | Frances R. Sterrett
  • At the same time Blake heard the scream of a denim-clad figure that suddenly pitched from the landing-ladder into the sea.

    The Shadow | Arthur Stringer
  • Many a man in blue denim today could buy and sell the collar-and-cuff friends of his earlier years.

    How to Analyze People on Sight | Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

British Dictionary definitions for denim


/ (ˈdɛnɪm) /

    • a hard-wearing twill-weave cotton fabric used for trousers, work clothes, etc

    • (as modifier): a denim jacket

    • a similar lighter fabric used in upholstery

    • (as modifier): denim cushion covers

Origin of denim

C17: from French (serge) de Nîmes (serge) of Nîmes

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