- work clothes, overalls, etc., of blue denim.
- blue jeans.
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Origin of dungaree
What are dungarees?
The word dungarees is most commonly used as another word for overalls—a garment consisting of pants attached to a top portion that’s held up by shoulder straps. The top portion is kind of like a bib or apron—it doesn’t have sleeves.
Dungarees are commonly worn for rugged work, but they are also worn as casualwear.
Dungarees can also be used as another word for jeans (usually blue jeans)—a type of pants traditionally made from denim (a kind of cotton fabric). This use of the word is less common than it once was.
Dungarees typically have seams and pockets that are reinforced with rivets (small metal fasteners).
Like the words pants and jeans, dungarees is always used in the plural form when referring to a garment.
The word dungaree (without an s at the end) refers to a kind of coarse cotton fabric, somewhat similar to denim, that such garments can be made out of.
Example: I wear these dungarees in the workshop because it’s like having a built-in apron.
Where does dungarees come from?
The first records of the word dungarees come from the early 1600s. It comes from Hindi dungrī, after Dungrī, a district of the city of Mumbai where the fabric known as dungaree originated.
Interestingly, the origins of the terms jeans and denim are both also based on places. The word jeans is derived from the term jean fustian, in which fustian refers to a kind of fabric and jean comes from Gene, in reference to Genoa, Italy—where such fabric was known for being manufactured.
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How is dungarees used in real life?
Dungarees are most commonly associated with their use as workwear. They are probably more commonly called overalls.
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 25, 2018
I want cute denim dungarees & kinda campy flowy low-neck shirts but this is NOT the weather to discover a new summery style bc it just AIN'T summer 😓
— Delivery driving during the Apocalypse™️ (@YorkieOnTour4) November 15, 2020
finding a pair of black dungarees with the fit I want is seemingly harder than I thought
— Vega ''Vinni'' Gullberg (@skrymtet) November 21, 2020
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The word dungarees always refers to overalls.
Example sentences from the Web for dungaree
Tom Sykes examines the evidence: a pair of Doc Martens, some Dungarees, and that infamous scrunchie.Dissecting Cressida Bonas's Style: How Prince Harry's Girl Dresses|Tom Sykes|October 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Hard to get more can-do blue collar than a steel-town mayor in dungarees.
Ramos' bubb was spinning once more, but he was wearing just dungarees.The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun
But the fists he carried in the pockets of his dungarees bulged like coconuts, and his hairy arms were looped brown cables.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
"I had an idee that thwart would pull loose," Mr. Gibney remarked, as he got up and rubbed the seat of his dungarees.
Durned if I don't feel like jumpin' into a suit of dungarees an' helpin' him out in that engine room, Gib.
From the wing-struts we transferred to a Navy dory, manned by enlisted men commanded by a blank-faced ensign in dungarees.Cue for Quiet|Thomas L. Sherred
British Dictionary definitions for dungaree
- a suit of workman's overalls made of this material consisting of trousers with a bib attached
- a casual garment resembling this, usually worn by women or children