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 The interior features genuine Porsche leather with houndstooth inserts, German square-weave carpet and an all-custom barnwood bed in honor of Lou Blaney. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Barrett-Jackson: 2020 Shelby race car, Paul Walker's BMWs to cross the auction block Saturday," 18 Jan. 2020 The monarch wore a grey houndstooth coat and matching hat for the outing. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Queen Is All Smiles at Church Following Her Statement on Harry and Meghan's Royal Exit," 19 Jan. 2020 Cassi Namoda illustrated model Ambar Cristal Zarzuela in a striped sweater and houndstooth wool pants (both Gucci). Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, "‘Vogue Italia’ Is Bringing Back Fashion Illustration On Its Covers," 6 Jan. 2020 Roman window shades—custom-made for the living room in pink houndstooth by Holland & Sherry—blocked too much light, so they were repurposed as a bedspread. Lexi Mainland, House Beautiful, "A Brand-New Brooklyn Townhouse Disguised to Feel Centuries Old," 30 Dec. 2019 Perhaps the most arresting element of the collection, though, is the size of many of Keaton's shades—houndstooth and wide stripes cover massive drums, some over three feet wide. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Diane Keaton Now Has a Lighting Line," 28 Oct. 2019 The show began with a series of tweed and houndstooth looks all done in Lagerfeld's signature white and black color palette. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Pays Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld on a Snow-Covered Runway," 5 Mar. 2019 Artist Nick Cave mixed houndstooth, camo and a skull print for maximum impact. David Syrek, chicagotribune.com, "MCA’s record breaking night of art — and style," 2 Dec. 2019 Striking her best pose, Gaga channelled one of her icons, Marilyn Monroe, in a strapless dress in a pink houndstooth print—with the matching gloves to go with it, of course. Vogue, "Pretty in Pink? Lady Gaga Goes For Pretty in Punk," 7 Oct. 2019

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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 20 Feb. 2020.

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