houndstooth

noun
hounds·tooth | \ˈhau̇n(d)z-ˌtüth \
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

Illustration of houndstooth

Illustration of houndstooth

Examples of houndstooth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

For those who wish to step out of the cartoon frame, the tailoring mavens at Canali proposed a simple low-top sneaker in nubby houndstooth, a fabric the label traditionally reserved for its suits. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Sneakers Rule Men’s Fashion. Even Ugly Sneakers," 22 June 2018 There, the Duchess topped off her shift with a graphic houndstooth topper from Catherine Walker with a similar A-line silhouette. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Dresses Up In Alexander McQueen, Catherine Walker, and Chanel For Day 2 of Her Sweden Visit," 31 Jan. 2018 The Princess of Wales first wore this red-and-white houndstooth jacket by Moschino to a church service in Sandringham with the royal family in December 1990 with a matching black-and-white skirt, red hat and pearl earrings. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Channels Princess Diana in Red Houndstooth Coat," 31 Jan. 2018 At the 66th Annual BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills WHEN: May 8, 2018 WHY: Ronson knows how to wear the hell out of a razor-sharp suit, especially one in black-and-white houndstooth with flared trousers. Matt Sebra, GQ, "The 10 Best-Dressed Men of the Week," 14 May 2018 With only two seams and no darts, classical fabrics — wools, houndstooth checks — were bonded onto light foam for minimal structure. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "How Technology Will Transform Tailoring," 5 Mar. 2018 And that trim physique shown off in houndstooth check jackets and ascots back in the 1960s has softened somewhat under a scarlet sweater vest. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Rex Reed Bangs a Gong on the Mediocrity of Modern Life," 10 Jan. 2018 Never one to shy away from piling on the prints, Huntington-Whiteley wore a crisp houndstooth blazer that, when worn over a solid black turtleneck, didn’t clash with her monogrammed purse. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Is the Micro Bag the New Briefcase? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Says Yes," 4 Apr. 2018 For Loewe a blouson leather jacket and houndstooth trousers were jazzed up with a bright yellow low-slung belt made of interlocked triangles. Laura Brown, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Look: Totally Waisted," 25 Aug. 2015

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'houndstooth.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of houndstooth

1936, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about houndstooth

Share houndstooth

Dictionary Entries near houndstooth

houndsberry

houndsfoot

houndshark

houndstooth

houndy

Hounslow

houpe

Statistics for houndstooth

Last Updated

9 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for houndstooth

The first known use of houndstooth was in 1936

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on houndstooth

See words that rhyme with houndstooth

Comments on houndstooth

What made you want to look up houndstooth? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!