Dungarees vs. Overalls

By Jaxson

  • Overalls

    An overall, also called overalls, bib-and-brace overalls, or dungarees, is a type of garment which is usually used as protective clothing when working. The garment is sometimes referred to as a “pair of overalls” by analogy with “pair of trousers”.

    Overalls were originally made of denim, but they can also be made of corduroy or chino cloth. Overalls were invented in the 1890s by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis at Levi Strauss & Co., but they went through an evolution to reach their modern form. Initially only used for protective clothing in work settings, they have become a garment of high fashion as “potential cult items”.

  • Dungarees (noun)

    Heavy denim pants or trousers, usually with bib and braces, worn especially as work clothing.

    “Helen donned a pair of faded dungarees and grabbed her knapsack before rushing off to school.”

  • Overalls (noun)

    plural of overall

  • Overalls (noun)

    Loose fitting garment worn over regular clothes to protect them.

  • Overalls (noun)

    Loose fitting pair of pants with supporting cross-straps and a panel of material in the chest (called a bib), often associated with farm work.

  • Dungarees (noun)

    a garment consisting of trousers with a bib held up by straps over the shoulders, made of calico, denim, or a similar material and worn as casual or working clothes.

  • Dungarees (noun)

    hard-wearing blue denim trousers.

  • Dungarees (noun)

    a kind of coarse Indian calico.

Oxford Dictionary

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