buttonhole


1but·ton·hole

noun \ˈbə-tən-ˌhōl\

: a hole in clothing through which a button is passed in order to fasten something

Full Definition of BUTTONHOLE

1
:  a slit or loop through which a button is passed
2
chiefly British :  boutonniere

First Known Use of BUTTONHOLE

1561

2buttonhole

transitive verb

Definition of BUTTONHOLE

1
:  to furnish with buttonholes
2
:  to work with buttonhole stitch
but·ton·hol·er \-ˌhō-lər\ noun

First Known Use of BUTTONHOLE

1828

3buttonhole

transitive verb

Definition of BUTTONHOLE

:  to detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of

Origin of BUTTONHOLE

alteration of buttonhold
First Known Use: 1857

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