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[jeen or for 1, British formerly jeyn]
  1. Sometimes jeans. a sturdy twilled fabric, usually of cotton.
  2. jeans, (used with a plural verb)
    1. blue jeans.
    2. pants of various fabrics, styled or constructed like blue jeans.Compare Levi's.

Origin of jean

1485–95; short for jean fustian, earlier Gene(s) fustian Genoese or Genoa fustian
Related formsjeaned, adjective
Can be confusedgenes jeans


[French zhahn for 1, 2; jeen for 3]
  1. born 1921, Grand Duke of Luxembourg 1964–2000.
  2. a male given name, form of John.
  3. a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for jeans

pants, trousers, denims, chaps

Examples from the Web for jeans

Contemporary Examples of jeans

Historical Examples of jeans

  • He was a heavy-set, slouchy man in jeans, broad-shouldered and bowlegged.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • She had cleaned up the worst of the mess and changed into a fresh shirt and jeans.

  • The chauffeur struggled into his jeans and adjusted them before replying.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • He nodded toward the strip of jeans left on the floor by the dog.

  • Thus released, the broad strip of jeans fluttered to the floor.

British Dictionary definitions for jeans


pl n
  1. informal trousers for casual wear, made esp of denim or corduroy

Word Origin for jeans

plural of jean


  1. Sir James Hopwood. 1877–1946, English astronomer, physicist, and mathematician, best known for his popular books on astronomy. He made important contributions to the kinetic theory of gases and the theory of stellar evolution


  1. a tough twill-weave cotton fabric used for hard-wearing trousers, overalls, etcSee also jeans

Word Origin for jean

C16: short for jean fustian, from Gene Genoa


  1. born 1921, full name Jean Benoît Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d'Aviano, grand duke of Luxembourg (1964–2000)
  2. Michaelle. born 1957, in Haiti. Canadian stateswoman and broadcaster; governor-general from 2005
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Word Origin and History for jeans

see jean.


masc. proper name, from French equivalent of John. Fem. proper name is from French equivalent of Jane.



"twilled cotton cloth," mid-15c., from Middle French jean fustian "fustian (a type of twilled cotton cloth) of Genoa," the city in Italy, from Old French Jannes "Genoa," from Latin Genua (see Genoa). The plural form jeans became standard 19c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper