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buttonhole

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noun but·ton·hole \ ˈbə-tᵊn-ˌhōl \

Definition of buttonhole

1 :a slit or loop through which a button is passed
2 chiefly British :boutonniere

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First Known Use of buttonhole

1561


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buttonhole

verb

Definition of buttonhole

transitive verb
1 :to furnish with buttonholes
2 :to work with buttonhole stitch

buttonholer

play \-ˌhō-lər\ noun

First Known Use of buttonhole

1828


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buttonhole

verb

Definition of buttonhole

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

Origin and Etymology of buttonhole

alteration of buttonhold


BUTTONHOLE Defined for English Language Learners

buttonhole

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noun

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

:a slit or loop for fastening a button


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