[ den-uh m ]
/ ˈdɛn əm /


a heavy, Z-twist, twill cotton for jeans, overalls, and other work and leisure garments.
a similar fabric of finer quality, for covering cushions, furniture, etc.
denims, (used with a plural verb) a garment, especially trousers or overalls, made of denim.


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Origin of denim

1685–95; < French: short for serge de Nîmes serge of Nîmes Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for denim

/ (ˈdɛnɪm) /

noun textiles

  1. a hard-wearing twill-weave cotton fabric used for trousers, work clothes, etc
  2. (as modifier)a denim jacket
  1. a similar lighter fabric used in upholstery
  2. (as modifier)denim cushion covers

Word Origin for denim

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