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

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The velvety look featured silk lapels, white ruffled sleeves, a black bow tie, and a voluminous ball skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter Slays in a Christian Siriano Tuxedo Dress on the Oscars Red Carpet," 24 Feb. 2019 Next Generation, whose handle and head are both smaller than the standard one and shaped adorably like a penguin with a bow tie. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "This Extra-Powerful Sex Toy Is Almost Too Good," 28 Mar. 2019 Nick, on the other hand, donned a silky navy blue suit and bow tie. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Attend the Oscars Party Where They First Met," 25 Feb. 2019 Depp wore a suit with a cummerbund but without a bow tie. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Dressed ’90s Couples From the Golden Globes," 3 Jan. 2019 Keeping it matchy-matchy, the 35-year-old Mary Poppins star chose a black floral jacquard blazer, styled with ankle-skimming trousers, buckled heels and an incredible oversized bow tie. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Wore Matching Tuxedos on the Red Carpet," 18 Feb. 2019 Cary Grant, here in 1953, wears the black-tie look that was the standard for decades: a black single-breasted tuxedo with a white shirt and bow tie. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Who Is He Wearing? Male Stars Take Red-Carpet Fashion Risks," 2 Jan. 2019 Yet another fashioned a bow tie for her fiance, Casey Walko, 30, made from baby bonnets. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "She was in labor. From her hospital bed, she married a couple also having a baby.," 24 May 2018 Beilein and his staff will wear special Team IMPACT bow ties for the game, as well as members of the BTN TV crew (Brandon Gaudin and Shon Morris). George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "No. 24 Michigan basketball vs. Rutgers: Five things to watch on Sunday," 20 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bow tie

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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something valued as if it were money

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