Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

bow tie

play
noun \ˈbō-\

Simple Definition of bow tie

  • : a narrow length of cloth that is worn by men around the neck and tied into a bow at the throat

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bow tie

  1. 1 :  a short necktie tied in a bowknot

  2. 2 :  something (as pasta) resembling a bow tie in shape

1897

First Known Use of bow tie

1897


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bow tie? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a smart aleck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

prompt oily angry maudlin
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ