noun, often capitalized
ar·​gyle | \ ˈär-ˌgī(-ə)l How to pronounce argyle (audio) , är-ˈgī(-ə)l \
variants: or less commonly argyll

Definition of argyle

: a geometric knitting pattern of varicolored diamonds in solid and outline shapes on a single background color also : a sock knit in this pattern

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Examples of argyle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gabrielle Union and daughter Zaya wore matching Burberry argyle sweaters in a gorgeous new Instagram post. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Gabrielle Union and Daughter Zaya Twinned in Chic Burberry Sweaters," 14 Dec. 2020 Some designers, like Acne Studios and Purdey are leaning into old-school, preppy sweater vest silhouettes—complete with V-necks and argyle print. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "The Old School Layering Essential To Consider This Fall," 29 Oct. 2020 The United States loves a good holiday, and depending on how detailed a calendar one keeps, there are daily opportunities to celebrate everything from gumdrops to argyle. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "The Grim New Relevance of Workers Memorial Day," 28 Apr. 2020 Experiment with argyle, stripes, or wooly textured types and slip on a loafer, the most comfortable and versatile of all travel shoes. Tyler Joe, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire's Guide to Elevated Airport Dressing," 14 Nov. 2019 Even when there are classic elements, like argyles or Fair Isle motifs, the sweater can be patch-worked to produce a rustic, DIY effect. Sharon Graubard,, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 2019 The collection incorporates classic pinstripe, argyle, hounds-tooth and Prince of Wales patterns with Missonified-twists, to give the brand an urban edge. Washington Post, "Sunnei to Palm Angels, streetwear in fashion focus in Milan," 16 June 2019 Releasing in Thom Browne stores and on today, Browne’s golf collection takes the argyles, high socks, and dimpled balls of the links and places them in the designer’s topsy-turvy world. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Thom Browne’s New Golf Capsule Collection Is a Stroke Above the Rest," 30 Oct. 2018 Oh, the 80s. Popped collars, the generous pleats of Z. Cavaricci pants, the argyle for days, and the many peppy, preppy girls who happily answered to Jennifer, Jessica…or Muffy. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, "Why "Birdie" is the New "Muffy"," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of argyle

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for argyle

Argyle, Argyll, branch of the Scottish clan of Campbell, from whose tartan the design was adapted

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The first known use of argyle was in 1890

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21 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Argyle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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