dungaree

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From Hindi डूंगरी (ḍūṅgrī, coarse calico), from the name of a village.

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dungaree (countable and uncountable, plural dungarees)

  1. (uncountable) Heavy denim fabric, often blue; blue jean material.
    • 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle, The "Gloria Scott"
      He wore an open jacket, with a splotch of tar on the sleeve, a red-and-black check shirt, dungaree trousers, and heavy boots badly worn.
  2. (plural only) Pants or overalls made from such fabric.
  3. attributive form of dungarees
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 2, Well Tackled![1]:
      Meanwhile, Macpherson stood just outside the door, holding a cold chisel which he had taken from a dungaree pocket [...] and there Mr. Willison found him.

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