hounds·​tooth ˈhau̇n(d)z-ˌtüth How to pronounce houndstooth (audio)
variants or less commonly hound's-tooth
: 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 The camel and brown houndstooth coat, which retails for $845, added a touch of autumnal warmth to her otherwise all-black look. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2023 The motif conjures imagery of classic detectives, like Sherlock Holmes’ houndstooth hat and Nancy Drew’s school uniform skirt. Fawnia Soo Hoo, refinery29.com, 4 Sep. 2023 Available in black, chalk, and houndstooth versions, these offer a sense of versatility and functionality that will get you through fall and beyond. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 26 Aug. 2023 Transport yourself to the British countryside courtesy of a few houndstooth, plaid, and checked coats from the likes of Isabel Marant, H&M, Vince, and more. Cortne Bonilla, Vogue, 4 Sep. 2023 Only 10 units will be assembled, and Pininfarina is offering endless customization options such as the houndstooth fabric adorning the seat headrests in this example. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 17 Aug. 2023 During a joint outing with Prince William today, the Princess of Wales visited the headquarters of the Wales Air Ambulance charity dressed in a tweed midi skirt covered in a classic black-and-white houndstooth pattern. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Feb. 2023 Shiv, for example, commands the screen in tailored suits, knit frocks, turtlenecks and the occasional cocktail dress, all in her color codes of gray, black, brown and beige (with a pinstripe print, houndstooth pattern or pastel shade sometimes thrown into the mix). Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 16 May 2023 Ramsey loved how unexpected the vintage houndstooth Yohji Yamamoto skirt suit, worn with a McQueen blouse and gloves, looked. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of houndstooth was in 1893

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“Houndstooth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/houndstooth. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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