bow tie

\ ˈbō- \

Definition of bow tie

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

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In 2015, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber did sleek black ensembles (Watts in an off-the-shoulder Balenciaga gown, Schreiber in a classic tux with black bow tie). Christian Allaire, Vogue, "14 Power Couples Who Rocked the Red Carpet at the SAG Awards," 26 Jan. 2019 Cooper, on the other hand, looked dapper in a white suit and black bow tie. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Make a Rare Red Carpet Appearance for the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 For his part, Scheaffer wore a sleek black tuxedo, a classic black bow tie and a pair of black patent shoes. Chazz Inniss,, "See Pretty Little Liars Star Sasha Pieterse's Christian Siriano Wedding Gown from Every Angle," 30 May 2018 In 2016, Boseman showed up to the Oscars in the most traditional of tuxedos: black and white with a black bow tie. Cam Wolf, GQ, "At the Met Gala, Menswear Finally Gave Us Something to Talk About," 9 May 2018 Finish the bear off with a little green bow tie by tying a bow and cutting off the ends and hot gluing it under his chin. Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Animal Gift Wrap," 8 Oct. 2018 The museum, a single room filled with thousands of clown-centric posters, figurines and more, is free, while a gift shop might entice those who want to buy a really big bow tie. Richard Tribou,, "52 excuses to visit Florida's Highlands County," 1 July 2018 Of course, her hockey-playing husband Mike Fisher accompanied his superstar wife to the awards show, looking dapper in a suit and bow tie. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Pregnant Carrie Underwood Just Hit the 2018 CMA Awards Red Carpet," 15 Nov. 2018 Richter’s 1923 comic stop-action short, featuring flying bowler hats, chinaware dropping from the sky, and misbehaving bow ties. Stuart Isacoff, WSJ, "Dada: If Life Is Absurd, Why Not Have the Last Laugh?," 16 Oct. 2018

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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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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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