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The difference between denim and jeans

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There are the words ‘denim’ and ‘jeans’.

It’s often asked what the difference is between denim and jeans.The jeans of denim and jeans have such differences.

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Figure 1 The difference between denim and jeans

Denim is a fabric woven with yarn dyed in indigo.Jeans are pants made of denim fabric.

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In simple terms, denim refers to the fabric, while jeans refer to the pants made from that fabric.

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In reality, there is no clear distinction, as some people refer to jeans, which are pants, as denim.

Table 1 The difference between denim and jeans
Characteristic
DenimFabric woven with yarn dyed in indigo
JeansPants made of denim fabric

Origin of the words ‘denim’ and ‘jeans’

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Denim is a fabric woven from yarn dyed with indigo, while jeans are pants made from denim fabric. This time, I will write about the origins of the words ‘denim’ and ‘jeans’.

The origin of the word “denim”

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Denim is said to originate from the French term ‘serge de Nîmes,’ referring to a serge fabric from the Nîmes region.

The origin term ‘Serge de Nîmes’ made its way to the English-speaking world, where the pronunciation of ‘de Nîmes’ changed.

The pronunciation of ‘de Nîmes’ changed, becoming ‘denim’.

The origin of denim

Serge de Nimes

The origin lies in the French serge fabric from the Nîmes region, known as Serge de Nîmes.

de Nimes

Products produced in the Nîmes region crossed over to the English-speaking world (America), where the pronunciation of “de Nîmes” changed.

Denim

The pronunciation of “de Nîmes” changed, becoming “denim.”

The evolution of the word “denim.”

Serge de Nimes → de Nimes → Denim

The origin of the word “jeans.”

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“Jeans” is said to originate from the Italian place name “Genova” (Genoa).

The pronunciation of “Genova” (Genoa) giving rise to terms like “genes” and “Genoese” changed.

“Genes” becomes “jeans.”

The origin of “jeans.”

Genova

The origin lies in Genoa, Italy.

Genes

The pronunciation of “Genes” and “Genoese,” referring to products from Genoa and people from Genoa, respectively, changed.

Jeans

“Genes” becomes “jeans.”

The evolution of the word “jeans.”

Genova → Genes → Jeans

What are ‘G pan’?

What are ‘G pan’?

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Besides the words “denim” and “jeans,” there’s also the term “G pan.”

‘G pan’ is another term for jeans made of denim fabric.

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‘G pan’ is a term unique to Japan, as it is a Japanese-coined English word and may not be understood outside of Japan.

Wasei-Eigo

‘Wasei-Eigo’ is a term used in Japanese to describe Japanese-coined loanwords, which are words or phrases created by Japanese people, based on English or similar to English (excluding proper nouns and product names). These terms may not be understood or may be interpreted differently in English-speaking countries, as they often have alternative expressions.

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The origin of the word “G pan.”

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“G pan” is said to originate from American soldiers (GI) stationed in Japan after the end of World War II.

The jeans worn by American soldiers (GI) are referred to as GI pants.

It’s said that “G pan” originated as an abbreviation for “GI pants.”

The origin of “G pan.”

GI

The origin lies with American soldiers (GIs) stationed in Japan after the end of World War II.

GI’s pants

The jeans worn by American soldiers (GIs) are called “GI’s pants.”

G pan

“GI’s pants” is abbreviated to “G pan.”

The evolution of the word “G pan.”

GI → GI’s pants → G pan

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It’s said that jeans became popular in Japan because they were being sold on the black market as surplus military items in “yami-ichi” (black markets).

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‘Yami-ichi’ refers to markets set up illegally.

‘Yami-ichi’

“Yami-ichi” is a market established illegally outside of a system that controls prices, where transactions are conducted based on unique market principles due to shortages of goods within a controlled economy.

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Summary

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Denim is a fabric woven from yarn dyed with indigo.eans are pants made from denim fabric.”G pan” is a Japanese-made English term used exclusively in Japan as another term for jeans.

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Figure 2 The difference between denim, jeans, and ‘G pan’.
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In reality, jeans are sometimes referred to as denim, so I don’t think there’s a strict differentiation.

Table 2 The difference between denim, jeans, and ‘G pan’.
Characteristic
DenimFabric woven with yarn dyed in indigo
JeansPants made of denim fabric
‘G pan’An alternative term for jeans: ‘Jeans alias’ (Wasei-Eigo)
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