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blue jeans

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noun (used with a plural verb)

close-fitting trousers made of blue denim or denimlike fabric, having pockets and seams often reinforced with rivets, and worn originally as work pants but now also as casual attire by persons of all ages.Compare jean(def 2), Levi's.

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RELATED WORDS

dungarees, jeans, denims

Nearby words

blue ice, blue in the face, blue island, blue jasmine, blue jay, blue jeans, blue jet, blue john, blue law, blue laws, blue lias

Origin of blue jeans

First recorded in 1850–55
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blue jeans

  • They had on windbreakers the color of old cement and blue-jeans, with their waistbands concealed.

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  • But even in defeat, he carried down with him between rigid jaws the blue-jeans banner of victory.

Word Origin and History for blue jeans

blue jeans


from 1843 as a type of fabric; see jean. As short for blue jeans trousers, from 1878.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper