button-down

adjective
but·​ton-down | \ ˈbə-tᵊn-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce button-down (audio) \

Definition of button-down

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a of a collar : having the ends fastened to the garment with buttons
b of a shirt
(1) : having a button-down collar
(2) : having buttons from the collar to the waist
2 or buttoned-down \ ˈbə-​tᵊn(d)-​ˌdau̇n How to pronounce buttoned-down (audio) \ : conservatively traditional or conventional especially : adhering to conventional norms in dress and behavior button-down businessmen

button-down

noun

Definition of button-down (Entry 2 of 2)

: a shirt with a button-down collar

First Known Use of button-down

Adjective

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Button-down.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/button-down. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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button-down

adjective
How to pronounce button-down (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of button-down

of a collar : having the ends fastened to the shirt with buttons
of a shirt : having a button-down collar
often disapproving : having a very traditional and formal way of dressing, behaving, etc.

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