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buttonhole

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noun but·ton·hole \ˈbə-tən-ˌhōl\

Definition of buttonhole

  1. 1 :  a slit or loop through which a button is passed

  2. 2 chiefly British :  boutonniere

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1561

First Known Use of buttonhole

1561


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buttonhole

verb but·ton·hole

Definition of buttonhole

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with buttonholes

  3. 2 :  to work with buttonhole stitch

buttonholer

play \-ˌhō-lər\ noun

1828

First Known Use of buttonhole

1828


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buttonhole

verb but·ton·hole

Definition of buttonhole

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of

Origin and Etymology of buttonhole

alteration of buttonhold


First Known Use: 1862


BUTTONHOLE Defined for English Language Learners

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buttonhole

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noun but·ton·hole \ˈbə-tən-ˌhōl\

Definition of buttonhole for English Language Learners

  • : a hole in clothing through which a button is passed in order to fasten something


BUTTONHOLE Defined for Kids

buttonhole

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noun but·ton·hole \ˈbə-tən-ˌhōl\

Definition of buttonhole for Students

  1. :  a slit or loop for fastening a button



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