Van·​dyke | \ van-ˈdīk How to pronounce Vandyke (audio) , vən- \

Definition of Vandyke

1a [from the collars depicted in portraits by Vandyke] : a wide collar with a deeply indented edge
b : one of several V-shaped points forming a decorative edging
c : a border of such points
2 [from the beards worn in portraits by Vandyke] : a trim pointed beard

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Other Words from Vandyke

vandyked \ van-​ˈdīkt How to pronounce vandyked (audio) , vən-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of Vandyke

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Vandyke

Anthony vandyke

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“Vandyke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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