from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coarse twilled cloth, usually cotton, used for jeans, overalls, and work uniforms.
  • n. Trousers or another garment made of this cloth.
  • n. A similar but finer fabric used in draperies and upholstery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A textile often made of cotton with a distinct diagonal pattern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coarse cotton drilling used for overalls, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A colored twilled cotton material used largely for overalls.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (usually plural) close-fitting trousers of heavy denim for manual work or casual wear
  • n. a coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric


French (serge) de Nîmes, (serge) of Nîmes, after Nîmes , France.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French phrase serge de Nîmes ("serge from Nîmes"), after the French town of Nîmes, where denim fabric was originally produced. (Wiktionary)



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