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blue jeans

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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. 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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Origin of blue jeans

First recorded in 1850–55
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Related Words for blue jeans

dungarees, jeans, denims

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Historical Examples of blue jeans

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

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    Cory Doctorow

  • 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

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

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