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

tie the knot

Definition of tie the knot


  1. :  to get married <When are you two going to tie the knot?>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a line, ribbon, or cord used for fastening, uniting, or drawing something closed

    :  shoelace

    :  a structural element (as a rod or angle iron) holding two pieces together :  a tension member in a construction

  1. :  to fasten, attach, or close by means of a tie

    :  to form a knot or bow in

    :  to make by tying constituent elements

  1. :  an interlacement of the parts of one or more flexible bodies forming a lump or knob (as for fastening or tying together)

    :  the lump or knob so formed

    :  a tight constriction or the sense of constriction

  1. :  to tie in or with a knot :  form knots in

    :  to unite closely or intricately :  entangle

    :  tie

  1. :  either of two sandpipers (Calidris canutus and C. tenuirostris) that breed in the Arctic and winter in temperate or warm parts of the New and Old World

Seen and Heard

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


of, relating to, or near a shore

Get Word of the Day daily email!