August 15, 2012
denim (noun)
\DEN-im\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a firm durable twilled usually cotton fabric2 plural : overalls or trousers of denim
How do you use it?
Zack was not a suit and tie kind of guy, and decided denim was good enough for the occasion.
Are you a word wiz?

Denim is one tough fabric, but guessing where it got its name isn't too rough. How do you think the name "denim" came about?

Many fabrics have been named for the places where they were once made. "Denim" gets its name from Nimes, a city in France famous for its textiles. But the name came about in an unusual way. The fabric, a heavy cloth woven with ridges running in a slanting direction, was originally called "serge de Nimes," which means "serge from Nimes." The "s" on Nimes is not pronounced in French, so when the name of the fabric came into English, it was often written "serge de Nim" and later "serge denim." In time it was shortened to simply "denim."
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