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
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Related Words for dungaree

pants, jeans, trousers, denims

Examples from the Web for dungaree

Historical Examples of dungaree

  • He was dressed in a pea-jacket and dungaree pants, but had no boots.

  • I refer, of course, to that bird which our shipmates denominate "dungaree chicken."

    In Eastern Seas

    J. J. Smith

  • Clad only in dungaree trousers and singlet, I go below, on watch.

    An Ocean Tramp

    William McFee

  • Dave Darrin quickly divested himself of his dungaree working clothes, then stripped entirely, going under a shower bath.

  • He quite forgot the fact that his dungaree jumper was wet with sweat, that his cap was already fouled with oil.

    The Shadow

    Arthur Stringer

British Dictionary definitions for dungaree



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 for dungaree

C17: from Hindi dungrī, after Dungrī, district of Mumbai, where this fabric originated
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Word Origin and History for dungaree

1610s, dongerijns, from Hindi dungri "coarse calico," from the name of a village, now one of the quarters of Bombay.

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