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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The struggle was real when Lamont-Djite was searching for a full-length houndstooth coat. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Look Is Money: How Three Fashion Editors Dress for Work," 19 Apr. 2019 Gurung, wearing a natty black-and-white houndstooth suit from the Japanese label Mister Gentleman, is having a ball at Tasaki, which specializes in Akoya pearls. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Wore a Pearl Earring to His Dinner Celebrating Tasaki’s New London Store," 8 Mar. 2019 Both a muse and close friend of Karl, Cara Delevingne opened the show wearing a full-length houndstooth coat over a checked tweed jumpsuit. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Pays Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld on a Snow-Covered Runway," 5 Mar. 2019 The Game of Thrones star went bold in a black and white houndstooth suit with nothing underneath. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Showed Some Major PDA At the US Open," 4 Sep. 2018 The couple somewhat coordinated their looks for the evening, with the A Star Is Born director in a neutral checkered three-piece suit and the model in a red houndstooth coat and matching beret from Versace's Resort 2019 collection. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Suit Up for Another Rare Public Appearance," 9 Jan. 2019 Style it with slide-on loafers and a prim houndstooth peacoat for major Betty Cooper inspo. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019 These also included a body-slimming style in black leather, but what all the shirts had in common was a detail that gave them oomph or was revealed only when the model walked by, like the micro-houndstooth shirt mentioned above. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "The Case for Apolitical Fashion," 3 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of houndstooth

1936, in the meaning defined above

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