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Sir James (Hop·wood) [hop-wood], /ˈhɒp wʊd/, 1877–1946, English astrophysicist and author.
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What are jeans?

Jeans are a type of pants traditionally made from denim (a kind of cotton fabric).

The word most commonly refers to denim blue jeans. Jeans can be other colors, but they’re most commonly blue. The defining feature of most jeans is that they’re made out of some kind of denim or denim-like fabric. Most jeans have seams and pockets that are reinforced with rivets—small metal fasteners.

The word jeans can technically be used to refer to pants made from other materials, such as corduroy, but this isn’t common. For example, pants made out of corduroy are commonly called corduroys.

Jeans were originally worn as pants for rugged work, but they are now most commonly worn as casual attire.

Like the words pants and trousers, jeans is always used in the plural form when referring to the pants.

The word jean (without an s at the end) can be used to refer to the material and is typically used as a modifier to describe garments that are made of this material, as in jean jacket or jean shorts. 

Example: I love being able to wear jeans to work on casual Fridays.

Where does jeans come from?

The first records of the word jeans in reference to the pants come from the mid-1800s. The first 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 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.

Today, jeans are made from a variety of fabrics and fabric blends, but they’re still called jeans if they resemble denim blue jeans. (Some people draw the line at jeggings—denim leggings that resemble tight-fitting jeans.)

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  • jean (noun, adjective)

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How is jeans used in real life?

Jeans are very popular casualwear that some people also wear as rugged work pants.



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True or False? 

If pants are called jeans, it means they are made out of 100% denim cotton.

How to use Jeans in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Jeans (1 of 2)

/ (dʒiːnz) /

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

Word Origin for jeans

plural of jean

British Dictionary definitions for Jeans (2 of 2)

/ (dʒiːnz) /

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
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