bow tie

\ ˈbō- How to pronounce bow tie (audio) \

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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Prince Carl Philip, 40, also dressed up for the event in a classic black tuxedo and bow tie., "Princess Victoria of Sweden Just Shocked the Red Carpet with Her Edgy Royal Gown!," 12 June 2019 Or do a Maya Wilson number with a smoked salmon cream sauce, or just toss some bow ties with arugula and ricotta. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "How Alaska eats: Tons of local seafood pasta-bilities," 7 June 2019 Mort is gentle and peculiar, a poor young man who wears bow ties and dreams of being a playwright. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and the Fear of Being Erased," 7 June 2019 The Iroquois neighborhood is a geographical oddity that's shaped like a jagged bow tie along Taylor Boulevard and New Cut Road. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "A Day in the Neighborhood: Iroquois is an international smorgasbord of community," 6 June 2019 Each dog will receive a doggy bow tie upon entry. $5 from every ticket sold will benefit the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS) on July 25 and the Baltimore Humane Society on Sept. 12., "Orioles schedule second 'Bark at Oriole Park' event for July 25," 22 May 2018 After all, what better way to brighten the world than to share these beautiful, authentic, colorful bow ties with everyone else? Essence, "Shop Black: The African Wax Ties That Will Actually Make Your Dad Happy This Father's Day," 13 June 2019 Josef Horstmöller greets me at the end of the long, wooden bar, eyes twinkling, salt-and-pepper beard neatly groomed, and bow tie knotted meticulously beneath his chin. Christie Dietz, National Geographic, "Calling all foodies: Germany's 'white gold' season is in full swing," 14 May 2019 In the story, written by Jill Twiss and illustrated by E.G. Keller, the Pences’ pet rabbit—now wearing a multicolored bow tie—falls in love with another male rabbit. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: You’re Never Too Young to Take a Stand," 28 Dec. 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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