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

  • n. A heavy, strong, twilled cotton, used in making uniforms and work clothes.
  • n. Pants made of jean, denim, or another durable fabric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Denim.
  • adj. Made of denim (as "jean jacket").

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A twilled cotton cloth.
  • n. Same as blue jeans.
  • n. Pants made of different fabrics, resembling blue jeans.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as jane, 1.
  • n. A twilled cotton cloth, used both for underwear and for outer clothing: commonly, of garments, in the plural. Also written jane.

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


Short for obsolete jene (fustian), Genoan (fustian), from Middle English jene, gene, from Old French Genes, Genoa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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). (Wiktionary)


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  • Also "Oh Jean," a great (if weird) song by the Proclaimers, and "5 Green Queens & Jean" by the Pogues.

    February 9, 2008

  • Jean by Oliver went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969. This is a song from the soundtrack of the film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and was written by Rod McKuen who also recorded it.

    February 9, 2008