bow tie

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Definition of bow tie

1 : a short necktie tied in a bowknot
2 : something (such as pasta) resembling a bow tie in shape

Examples of bow tie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carrallo's second piece for the wedding ceremony was a white wool and silk custom tailored 5226 Homme Tuxedo paired with a white lapel, white shirt and silk bow tie. Natasha Dado,, 20 Dec. 2021 An open casket at the other end of the room held Justin, who wore a black suit and a black bow tie, a rosary draped over his folded hands. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 10 Dec. 2021 At the helm was the rail-thin Pee-wee Herman, dressed in a close-fitting gray suit, red bow tie, and white-leather loafers. Dan Sinker, The Atlantic, 18 Dec. 2021 The story needs a goblin, so grab some tongs, a large bow tie, a pair of glasses, and a green strip of fabric wrapped around an actor’s arm and make do with that as a puppet. Jerald Pierce,, 22 Nov. 2021 In July, Parton dressed up like an original Playboy bunny – donning a black bustier, black gloves, a white and pink bow tie – for Dean’s birthday. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 Stars like Nick Jonas, Lil Uzi Vert, and Finneas have recently proven that a bolo or bow tie can be a stellar accessory as well. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 19 Oct. 2021 Just look at the referee, in his starched shirt and bow tie. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 18 Nov. 2021 Maserati Mike, who wore a bow tie and what appeared to be a bullet-proof vest, carried a bullhorn and a long rifle. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of bow tie

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bow tie was in 1890

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19 Jan 2022

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“Bow tie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of bow tie

: a narrow length of cloth that is worn by men around the neck and tied into a bow at the throat


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