hounds·​tooth | \ ˈhau̇n(d)z-ˌtüth How to pronounce houndstooth (audio) \
variants: or less commonly hound's-tooth

Definition of houndstooth

: a usually small broken-check textile pattern also : a fabric woven in this pattern

called also houndstooth check, hound's-tooth check

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Examples of houndstooth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beverly Hills home in a fitted houndstooth Alessandra Rich dress and high heels. New York Times, "The Power Brokers of Beverly Hills," 4 Feb. 2021 From cherry-red leather jackets to broad-shouldered houndstooth blazers to sequin gowns, the inventory screams Dynasty. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Online Consignment Sites to Score Vintage Fashion," 5 Jan. 2021 The jubilant Alexandre Desplat score helps, along with crackling fires, fields of snow in Concord, Massachusetts, buoyant curly hair, houndstooth coats, frequent dance parties, and nonstop drama. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Little Women," 18 Dec. 2020 Wearing a houndstooth-print bucket hat, a black and white polka dot dress, and black platform boots, J.Lo looked incredibly chic for the outing. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Looks Stunning in a Polka Dot Dress, a Houndstooth Hat, and Platform Boots," 19 Dec. 2020 For the holiday kick-off event, Trump wore a black-and-white houndstooth coat, black gloves and matching black boots. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump receives 2020 White House Christmas tree," 23 Nov. 2020 This look from my fall 2020 collection (right) shows a short jacket and coat in a contemporary high-tech fabric, but one featuring a very traditional houndstooth check. Natalia Rachlin, New York Times, "The British Design Legend Known for Tailoring With a Twist," 15 Oct. 2020 Through her label, Eee, Tcha takes vintage Dior blazers—in black, hot pink, houndstooth, and many more—and then applies her Surrealist art to the back of them. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Painter Uses Vintage Dior as Her Canvas," 15 Oct. 2020 Worn with silk jabot blouses over latex leggings and rendered in Prince of Wales check, houndstooth, gabardine and wool tweeds, the palette ranges from pale rose and powder blue to crimson and electric violet. Lindsay Talbot, New York Times, "A Saint Laurent Jacket That Defies Expectations," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of houndstooth

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Houndstooth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/houndstooth. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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