arm·​hole | \ ˈärm-ˌhōl How to pronounce armhole (audio) \

Definition of armhole

: an opening for the arm in a garment

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Next to those pieces there was another of Koizumi’s dreamy elaborations: a striped mini dress crafted in the shape of an egg, with armhole slits in lieu of sleeves. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Tulle Bombs and Tiny Gloves: How Two Conservators Dressed a Mannequin in Tomo Koizumi for “Camp: Notes on Fashion”," 8 May 2019 And where a Pendleton overshirt skimps on storage, a modern shacket resembles a backpack with armholes. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "When It’s Super-Hot, This is Your Workwear Solution," 21 June 2018 This, combined with oversized armholes, allows for full paddle strokes without any chafing points. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Why I Love the $220 Astral BlueJacket PFD," 8 May 2018 His Bond shirt is tailored to perfection, with high armholes, and tapering down the back. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "Kanye West Understands the Power of the White Dress Shirt," 6 Apr. 2018 They're cut slim but far from skinny; fitted at the shoulders and cut with high armholes—creating a streamlined silhouette—but roomy enough in the torso and arms to move around in. Matt Sebra, GQ, "The Best Cotton Blazer to Wear to Work This Summer," 28 July 2017 Step 2: With the chalk, mark the T-shirt around the edges of the tank top neck and armholes. Alaska Dispatch News, "Tutorial: Take that boxy band T-shirt from zero to hero," 21 July 2017 Nike, which is replacing Adidas, says its uniforms are the NBA’s lightest ever and absorb sweat faster, with changes to the neck, back shoulder and armhole to enhance agility. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Wardrobe change: No home, road uniforms as NBA goes to Nike," 18 July 2017 The new jerseys have significant changes over the Adidas ones: The armhole, neck and side seams were moved to eliminate distractions and the back shoulder of the uniform was also changed. Scooby Axson,, "Nike, NBA reveal new game uniforms for next season," 18 July 2017

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1731, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of armhole

: an opening for the arm in a piece of clothing

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