1

button–down

play
adjective but·ton–down \ˈbə-tən-ˌdau̇n\

Definition of button–down

  1. 1a of a collar :  having the ends fastened to the garment with buttonsb of a shirt (1) :  having a button-down collar (2) :  having buttons from the collar to the waist

  2. 2 or buttoned–downplay \ˈbə-tən(d)-ˌdau̇n\ :  conservatively traditional or conventional; especially :  adhering to conventional norms in dress and behavior button–down businessmen

First Known Use of button–down

1899


2

button–down

noun but·ton–down

Definition of button–down

  1. :  a shirt with a button-down collar

First Known Use of button–down

1934


BUTTON–DOWN Defined for English Language Learners

button-down

play
adjective

Definition of button–down for English Language Learners

  • of a collar : having the ends fastened to the shirt with buttons

  • of a shirt : having a button-down collar

  • : having a very traditional and formal way of dressing, behaving, etc.


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up button–down? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

conspicuously offensive

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!