What does Dungaree mean?
Originally described the trousers worn by sailors from the Indian port of Dungri many years ago.
Heddels explains Dungaree
The term comes from the Hindi word “dungri”, a type of Indian cotton cloth named for the village of Dungri where the fabric was produced. The British originally used the cloth for sails and tents, saving the leftovers to make clothing.
During the twentieth century, dungarees featuring a bib and shoulder straps (what we now call overalls) became popular as work clothes. Today, the term is considered antiquated, though Lee Jeans has a Dungarees collection.
An image of Lee dungarees: