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jean \jean\ (j[=a]n), n. [Prob. named from Genoa. See Jane.]

  1. A twilled cotton cloth.

  2. (pl.) (j[=e]nz), Same as blue jeans.

  3. (pl.) (j[=e]nz), Pants made of different fabrics, resembling blue jeans.

    Satin jean, a kind of jean woven smooth and glossy, after the manner of satin.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, from French equivalent of John. Fem. proper name is from French equivalent of Jane.


"twilled cotton cloth," mid-15c., from Middle French jean fustian "fustian (a type of twilled cotton cloth) of Genoa," the city in Italy, from Old French Jannes "Genoa," from Latin Genua (see Genoa). The plural form jeans became standard 19c.


a. Made of denim (as "jean jacket"). n. denim.

  1. n. (usually plural) close-fitting pants of heavy denim for casual wear [syn: blue jean, denim]

  2. a coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric [syn: denim, dungaree]

Jean (dog)

Jean, also known as the Vitagraph Dog (190? – 1916), was a female collie that starred in silent films. Owned and guided by director Laurence Trimble, she was the first canine to have a leading role in motion pictures. Jean was with Vitagraph Studios from 1909, and in 1913 went with Trimble to England to work with Florence Turner in her own independent film company.

Jean (footballer)

Jean Raphael Vanderlei Moreira or simply Jean (born 24 June 1986 in Campo Grande), is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Palmeiras. Mainly a defensive midfielder, he can also play as a right defender.

Made professional debut for São Paulo in a 1-2 away defeat to Santos in the Campeonato Brasileiro on 17 July 2005.

On 13 November 2012 Jean was called up, by Mano Menezes, for Brazil that will play Superclásico de las Américas, making, then, his début for Seleção.

Games for Brazilian team








21 November 2012

La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina



Superclásico de las Américas


6 February 2013

Wembley Stadium, London, England





21 March 2013

Stade de Genève, Genève, Switzerland




Jean (song)

"Jean" is a popular song from 1969. It was written by the American poet and composer Rod McKuen who also recorded a version of the song.

The song was the theme to the film adaptation of Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which starred noted British film actress Maggie Smith. Smith won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the lead character in the film, Jean Brodie. The song was performed by songwriter McKuen, who was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Original Song. Although released as a single in the summer of 1969, McKuen's version of the song failed to reach the American music charts. Sergio Franchi performed the song on the January 3, 1971, broadcast of The Ed Sullivan Show, subsequently released on a rare Franchi DVD.

"Jean" was also recorded by the American singer Oliver. Earlier in 1969, Oliver had reached #3 on the Billboard pop and easy listening charts with his version of " Good Morning Starshine," a song from the musical Hair. While working on an album with producer Bob Crewe (which would also be called Good Morning Starshine), "Jean" was selected as a song for the record and subsequently chosen as the follow-up single. It became another hit for the singer, reaching #2 on the pop chart and spending four weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart. Oliver would later describe his cover version of the song: "We had no idea it would be a single. It was a 3/4 ballad in the psychedelic was a beautiful arrangement."


JEAN was a dialect of the JOSS programming language developed for and used on ICT 1900 series computers in the late 1960s and early 1970s; it was implemented under the MINIMOP operating system. It was used at the University of Southampton.

JEAN was an acronym derived from "JOSS Extended and Adapted for Nineteen-hundred". It was operated from a Teletype terminal.

Jean (female given name)

Jean is a common female given name in English-speaking countries. It is the Scottish form of Jane (and is sometimes pronounced that way). It is sometimes spelt Jeaine. It is the equivalent of Johanna, Joanna, Joanne, Jeanne, Jana, and Joan.

Famous people with the given name Jean:

Jean (surname)

Jean is a surname.

People with this surname include:

Jean (male given name)

On the European continent and in all French-speaking countries, Jean, pronounced , is a male name derived from the Old FrenchJehan. The female equivalent is Jeanne, pronounced , and derives from the Old French Jehanne. Both names derive from the Latin name Johannes, itself from the Koine Greek name Ιωαννης Ioannes, the name used for various New Testament characters, most notably John the Baptist. The Greek name ultimately derive from the Biblical Hebrew name Yochanan, meaning " YHWH/The Lord is Gracious".

People known only as Jean:

  • Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (born 1921), ruled Luxembourg, 1964-2000
  • Prince Jean of Luxembourg (born 1957)
  • DJ Jean (born Jan Engelaar), a Dutch disc jockey
  • Jean (footballer)

Articles beginning with Jean

Jean in fiction:

  • Jean Havoc, supporting character in " Fullmetal Alchemist"
  • Jean Kujo, A French karate expert from Virtua Fighter Series
  • Jean Valjean, protagonist of the Victor Hugo novel Les Misérables
  • Jean Roqua, trainer of Jake Tyler in the movie Never Back Down
  • Jean Kirschtein, supporting character in " Attack on Titan"
  • Jean Pierre Polnareff, one of the protagonists in part 3 of " JoJo's Bizarre Adventure"

Songs about Jean:

  • Jean the Birdman by David Sylvian and Robert Fripp from the album The First Day

Usage examples of "jean".

The Powers aboon can only ken To whom the heart is seen, That nane can be sae dear to me As my sweet lovely Jean!

She ached to be outside in the fresh air, to be dressed in her oldest jeans, turning over spades full of soft loamy earth, feeling the excitement and pleasure of siting the bulbs, of allowing her imagination to paint for her the colourful picture they would make in the spring, in their uniform beds set among lawn pathways and bordered by a long deep border of old-fashioned perennial plants.

She ached for him to move away from her, panic surging over her as he pressed the cloth to her damp jeans.

I go to your apartment, Alan, and what do I see there but a cute brown-haired girl wearing jeans.

Holy Re-Formed had worn a polyester alb over a brown jumper and jeans.

Neither is aware that I, in my capacity as an alumna and a chapter sponsor, had to stop Jean Hall from threatening everything dear to Kappa Theta Eta.

Le petit Jean lui-meme comprend beaucoup de choses des bois, des etangs et des montagnes, car sa petite ame est une ame rustique.

He wore an anachronistic costume: white drip-dry shirt, jeans and laceless leather slippers.

To recompense Jean V for his liberality, the clergy accorded to him, for himself and his descendants, the right of burial in a chapel of the apse, consecrated to St.

And beside this can Jean would find, every day, something particular,--a blossom of the red geranium that bloomed in the farmhouse window, a piece of cake with plums in it, a bunch of trailing arbutus,--once it was a little bit of blue ribbon, tied in a certain square knot--so--perhaps you know that sign too?

Tony brushed it off against his jeans as Arra laid a strainer over the top of the jar and decanted the hot, greenish-brown vodka into it.

As she trailed her gaze over the button-fly jeans, she wished she had opted for a baggier pair.

On the very evening of the same day that I was first chosen to be a bailie, a sore affair came to light, in the discovery that Jean Gaisling had murdered her bastard bairn.

When I went on board ship with the Bailo Jean Dona, I found another case given to me by him, containing two quintals of the best Mocha coffee, one hundred pounds of tobacco leaves, two large flagons filled, one with Zabandi tobacco, the other with camussa, and a magnificent pipe tube of jessamine wood, covered with gold filigrane, which I sold in Corfu for one hundred sequins.

The English were howling, the French were shouting, a trumpet was calling from the barbican and every church bell on the Ile Saint Jean was tolling the alarm.