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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 dungarees

pants, jeans, trousers, denims

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Contemporary Examples of dungarees

Historical Examples of dungarees

  • Ralph stood at the wheel shivering, clad in a suit of dungarees.

  • Ramos' bubb was spinning once more, but he was wearing just dungarees.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • The men went about in their undershirts and dungarees, barefooted.

  • "We want to borrow some clothes; dungarees, overalls, anything you've got," said Kit.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck

    Harold Bindloss

  • 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 dungarees


  1. a coarse cotton fabric used chiefly for work clothes, etc
  2. (plural)
    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
  3. 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 dungarees

trousers made of dungaree, 1868.


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

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