bow tie


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Hugo looked dapper in a white collar with a black bow tie. Shannon Sims, New York Times, 14 Apr. 2023 Ke Huy Quan in Giorgio Armani Certainly not the first to win the Best Supporting Actor in a bow tie, but definitely one of the best-dressed to do so. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 13 Mar. 2023 At the BAFTAs last month, for instance, Mescal’s black Gucci tuxedo (complete with a tiny bow tie) was punctuated by a spectacular 1930s Cartier brooch made of platinum, white gold, and diamonds. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 9 Mar. 2023 Daemion, in a bow tie, stuck close to his mom and cuddled a white dog. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 18 Nov. 2022 Alice in Wonderland's White Rabbit makes for an adorable costume, and the main staples include a red blazer and a bow tie. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 24 June 2022 Kate dazzled onlookers in a floor-length gilded gown by Jenny Packham and was photographed chatting with Daniel Craig, who looked dapper in a double-breasted cerise velvet tuxedo jacket by Anderson & Sheppard over a white shirt and black bow tie. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, 20 May 2022 Other styles include the bow tie, the bolo tie, and the Windsor knot. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 Dec. 2021 The bride opted for a sleeveless white gown adorned with delicate embellishments, while the groom wore a classic black tuxedo with a matching bow tie. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bow tie was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Bow tie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

bow tie

: a short necktie tied in a bow
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