\ ə-ˈgraf How to pronounce agrafe (audio) \
variants: or agraffe

Definition of agrafe

: a hook-and-loop fastening especially : an ornamental clasp used on armor or costumes

First Known Use of agrafe

circa 1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agrafe

borrowed from French agrafe, going back to Middle French agraffe, probably noun derivative of agrafer "to seize with a grappling hook, attach with a clasp," from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + grafer, graffer "to clamp on," verbal derivative of grafe, graffe "hook," borrowed from Old High German khrapfo, going back to West Germanic *krappō — more at grape

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The first known use of agrafe was circa 1660

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“Agrafe.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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