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OTHER WORDS FROM jeanjeaned, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH jeangenes, jeans
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Definition for jean (2 of 2)
What does jean mean?
Jeans are traditionally made from denim, a kind of cotton fabric. Today, jeans are made from a variety of fabrics and fabric blends, but they’re still called jeans if they resemble denim blue jeans. In this way, the word jean isn’t commonly used as a name of a kind of material until after it’s been made into jeans.
Jean is most commonly used as a modifier to describe garments that are made of denim or the kind of fabric that blue jeans are made of, as in jean shorts, jean jacket (also commonly called a denim jacket), and jean shirt.
Example: I used to wear a jean jacket with a bunch of patches on it.
Where does jean come from?
The first records of the word jean in reference to a kind of fabric come from around the 1500s. The first pants called jeans were produced by tailor Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss of Levi Strauss & Co. Levi’s, as they came to be called, were originally created for and used by miners.
The word jean 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.
Interestingly, the origin of the word denim is also based on a place name. It comes from the French phrase (serge) de Nîmes, in which serge refers to a kind of fabric and Nîmes refers to the city in France once known for its manufacture.
Wearing “double denim”—jeans with a jean shirt or jean jacket—is sometimes known as a Canadian tuxedo.
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How is jean used in real life?
Jean is most commonly used in terms like jean jacket, jean shorts, and jean shirt.
I have come into possession of a jean jacket, what patches should I get for it? pic.twitter.com/EEjWqGtrlq
— Abram ⚙️🌾 (@abramxlutes) November 17, 2020
Confession: I wear ‘jorts’ (jean shorts) on purpose. I love them 😂
— Random Access Māori (@MaoriRandom) November 21, 2020
Wearing a jean shirt with blue jeans IS NOT A THING #dontdoit
— Lo Bledsoe (@loren_bledsoe) January 17, 2014
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Example sentences from the Web for jean
Every one of those products, wherever it ends up, uses resources like the thousands of gallons of water it takes to make a single pair of jeans.Thrift shopping is an environmental and ethical trap|Sara Kiley Watson|February 26, 2021|Popular Science
King’s depiction on the cover, in jeans and bare feet, showed a marked departure from the slick production associated with her girl-group hits.Fifty years later, ‘Tapestry’s’ hope and optimism still resonates|Tanya Pearson|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
There is nothing anyone can do to make my low-rise skinny jeans fashionable again.
They might not fit into the jeans they wore six months ago and their developing brains need fresh stimulation.Beyond GameStop: Are You Ready for an Economic Moonshot?|Charu Kasturi|January 31, 2021|Ozy
Jean initially served as the Center’s executive director from 1993 to 1999.Passing the baton, Lorri Jean to exit as LA LGBT Center CEO|Brody Levesque|January 28, 2021|Washington Blade
The father, Jean Paul Kruse, was later charged with rape and sexual abuse.
I had a chance to work with Jean-François Richet, who directed Mesrine.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Major General Jean Kahwaji of the Lebanese armed forces recently declared an “open-ended war” with the militants.
There are also essays on Jean Rys, Sylvia Plath, the Brontës, and Henry Roth.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jean-Claude Bensoussan got into the prison wedding business 12 years ago.
Aristide washed and powdered Jean himself, the landlord lounging by, pipe in mouth, administering suggestions.
Last night I saw Jean Baptiste lying prone upon the floor, and knew that she had beaten him down to it, and he had not resisted.
He had not estimated that if Jean Baptiste sought his wife secretly, it must have been because he wished to avoid him.
Jean grinned and dribbled self-consciously, and showed his two little teeth to the proudest father in the world.
The night passed amid various excursions on the part of Aristide and alarms on the part of Jean.