Jean definition

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A strong, twilled cotton, traditionally used in making uniforms and work clothes.
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A durable cotton cloth in a twill weave, used for work clothes and casual wear.
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Trousers of this material, often blue, or of denim, flannel, etc.
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(person, proper) A feminine name: var. Jeanne.
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Made of denim (as "jean jacket").
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A female given name.
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Pants made of jean, denim, or another durable fabric.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jean
Plural:
Jeans, Jeans

Origin of jean

  • Short for obsolete jene fustian Genoan fustian from Middle English jene, gene from Old French Genes , Genoa

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Middle English Gene ("Genoa"), from the Old French Jannes. Bleu de Gênes (“Genovese blue”) was a blue dye made in Genoa used to tint the denim cloth produced in Nîmes (de Nîmes).

    From Wiktionary

  • From a Middle English feminine form of John, from Old French Jehane; sometimes considered Scottish.

    From Wiktionary