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button-down

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

Definition of button-down

1 a 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 play \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


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button-down

noun

Definition of button-down

: a shirt with a button-down collar

First Known Use of button-down

1934


BUTTON-DOWN Defined for English Language Learners

button-down

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.


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