Jeans are a type of pants or trousers, typically made from denim or dungaree cloth. Often the term “jeans” refers to a particular style of trousers, called “blue jeans”, which were invented by Jacob W. Davis in partnership with Levi Strauss & Co. in 1871 and patented by Jacob W. Davis and Levi Strauss on May 20, 1873. Prior to the Levi Strauss patented trousers, the term “blue jeans” had been long in use for various garments (including trousers, overalls, and coats), constructed from blue-colored denim. “Jean” also references a (historic) type of sturdy cloth commonly made with a cotton warp and wool weft (also known as “Virginia cloth”). Jean cloth can be entirely cotton as well, similar to denim. Originally designed for cowboys and miners, modern jeans became popular in the 1950s among teenagers, especially members of the greaser subculture. Jeans were a common fashion item in the 1960s hippie subculture and they continued to be popular in the 1970s and 1980s youth subcultures of punk rock and heavy metal. Nowadays, they are one of the most popular types of trousers, especially in Western culture. Historic brands include Levi’s, Lee, and Wrangler.
A pair of trousers made from denim cotton.
“Traditionally most jeans are dyed dark blue.”
plural of jean
An outer garment that covers the body from the waist downwards, covering each leg separately, usually as far as the ankles; trousers. from 19th c.
An undergarment that covers the genitals and often the buttocks and the neighbouring parts of the body; underpants. from 19th c.
Rubbish; something worthless.
“You’re talking pants!”
“The film was a load [or pile] of pants.”
Of inferior quality, rubbish.
“Your mobile is pants — why don’t you get one like mine?”
hard-wearing casual trousers made of denim or other cotton fabric
“he wore a pair of faded jeans and a white T-shirt”
underpants or knickers.
“wide pant legs”
“he thought we were going to be absolute pants”