Definition of denim in English:

denim

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A hard-wearing cotton twill fabric, typically blue and used for jeans and other clothing.

    • ‘Such was the stature of denim that even so obviously inferior a pair of jeans were acceptable.’
    • ‘Not to mention the way it hangs off her shoulder and how it goes perfectly with her pair of denim jeans!’
    • ‘He was wearing a blue jacket with white piping, blue denim jeans and either blue or black and white trainers.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a quick small vision comes to me of a cool, gently black guy in blue denim.’
    • ‘She was wearing blue jeans, denim jacket, dark brown wig and was carrying a sports bag.’
    • ‘Most people treat denim or khaki as black and team other colours with it, some more bravely than others.’
    • ‘He was wearing blue denim jeans, trainers, a top possibly with white stripes and either a hat or a hood.’
    • ‘He was wearing a pair of dark navy blue denim jeans, and a grey dress shirt that exactly matched the stormy shade of his eyes.’
    • ‘Mohair, denim and corsages are her signature looks and she also makes beautiful scarves too.’
    • ‘Her favourite one was the faded denim with the frayed cuffs and cropped bottom.’
    • ‘He was wearing blue denim jeans, a white shirt with blue stripes in a criss-cross pattern.’
    • ‘Designer jeans were made up of many, many panels of denim layered with seams and buckles.’
    • ‘So today I decided to forsake all denim and wear instead pinstripe trousers with a white belt.’
    • ‘He spoke with a local accent and was wearing blue denim jeans and a blue denim jacket.’
    • ‘Key fabrics in this collection include felt and denim which she treats with dexterity and imagination.’
    • ‘Liz was wearing the new jeans, boots and denim blouse she had got at Christmas.’
    • ‘This would totally be great to carry to dinner and would be perfect with blue denim.’
    • ‘Small and bespectacled, he is wearing a knitted cap, denim jacket and jeans.’
    • ‘Actually, it's really never too hot to knit, although the heat does put me off of knitting with wool and denim.’
    • ‘Uniforms at a Furness school were ditched for denim on Friday as pupils did their bit for Jeans for Genes day.’
    1. 1.1Jeans or other garments made of denim.
      ‘a pair of denims’
      • ‘He started appearing in public wearing a uniform: straggly beard, denims and woolly hat.’
      • ‘The first impression you have of him is of a wise and playful octogenarian, warmly dressed in denims and thick woollen sweater.’
      • ‘Just like regular jeans, the wool denims are both rugged for bush wear and stylish and comfortable for casual wear.’
      • ‘Comfortable and stylish, you can wear this turtleneck with a stylish pair of beige or light brown corduroys, designer denims, or a dressy pair of flat-front slacks for a more formal occasion.’
      • ‘I counted that I had 23 new tops, 5 pairs of shorts, 8 skirts, and 14 pairs of denims, 6 jackets, 2 pairs of pyjamas, and some underwear.’
      • ‘As we edge round a series of perilous hairpin bends and teetering boulders, my guide Jani, dressed in ripped denims, a worn leather jacket and battered Stetson, roars with laughter as I explain my search.’
      • ‘People across Swindon are being urged to don their denims for National Jeans For Genes Day.’
      • ‘He's slim, sure, and, seated in an expansive couch, manages to rock the tucked-in shirt with dark denims and boots look.’
      • ‘At retail, distressed denim or dark denim are selling well, as are very bleached out denims and colored denims.’
      • ‘You just had a full-blown weekend of going to martini lounges and nightclubs, but now it's officially time to trade in your fitted T-shirts and stylish denims for a shirt and tie.’
      • ‘I finally settled on my navy-blue knitted top and well-worn denims paired with my serviceable step-ins.’
      • ‘The blonde boy looked just as stunning as he believed when he entered the community lounge clad in a halfway unbuttoned, black satin shirt with silver buttons, skin-tight black denims and dark suede boots.’
      • ‘You can wear it on the belt hook of your denims, on your bag, on your coat button and anywhere else you can think of.’
      • ‘This camp-style belt with pewter latch buckle will make a great addition to your casual wear; don it with your favorite pair of denims.’
      • ‘She had arrived in typically decadent Western clothing, tight black denims and an equally tight black tee shirt with a central emblem of parted red lips.’
      • ‘End-users seem to be buying wovens - twills, oxfords, denims, etc. - where a year ago and before they were buying knit golf shirts.’
      • ‘Everybody noticed at school that her style had changed from baggy old jeans to denims and her shirts weren't as tight and small as they had once been.’
      • ‘While the first day on Delhi University's north campus saw students in dapper denims, hipsters, halter tops, knee-length skirts, and everything hip that you can think of, there was one thing that was truly Indian.’
      • ‘Magic I thought as I realized I was wearing denims and a tee shirt.’
      • ‘He was in his early twenties, dressed in denims and a lumberjack shirt.’

Origin

Late 17th century (as serge denim): from French serge de Nîmes, denoting a kind of serge from the town of Nîmes.

Pronunciation:

denim

/ˈdɛnɪm/