ter·​ry | \ ˈter-ē How to pronounce terry (audio) , ˈte-rē \
plural terries

Definition of terry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the loop forming the pile in uncut pile fabrics
2 : an absorbent fabric with such loops

called also terry cloth


biographical name
Ter·​ry | \ ˈter-ē How to pronounce Terry (audio) \

Definition of Terry (Entry 2 of 2)

(Alice) Ellen 1847–1928 English actress

Examples of terry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If your handbag is fabric, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth or terry-cloth towel moistened with rubbing alcohol. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Set driving rules before lending the car to the kids," 30 July 2020 Reebok Men’s Classic Vector Shorts are 100 percent cotton French terry with side seam pockets. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Amazon’s ‘Big Style Sale’ is on, deals up to 50 percent off Reebok, Fossil, Tommy Hilfiger and more," 25 June 2020 There's a soft terry lining, too, which is designed to absorb moisture and keep your foot cool. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "These Classic women's Reebok sneakers are less than $40 right now," 24 June 2020 In front of the cameras stood two middle-aged men and a woman, all dressed in white terry-cloth bathrobes. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "How Iceland Beat the Coronavirus," 1 June 2020 Complete with Adidas’ classic insignia and three-stripe detailing, this cotton terry hoodie can be styled with leggings, sweats or jeans for a super laid-back vibe. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Adidas is offering big price drops on its most popular athleisure—here are the best deals," 25 Apr. 2020 This matching set, made with plushy terry fabric, comes in a rainbow of colors and is both durable and comfortable. Reviewed.com, "14 top-rated loungewear pieces perfect for staying home," 2 Apr. 2020 Senior lifestyle editor Lale Arikoglu recently ordered the quilted pair, which are a bit heavier and cushier, thanks to rubber soles and a soft, thick terry fabric. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Sheets, Pillows, and Accessories That Will Make Your Bedroom Feel Like Your Favorite Hotel," 26 Mar. 2020 Gray had just stepped out of the shower and answered the door in a short terry cloth bath wrap. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Euclid will pay $125,000 to woman who said police officer’s forceful arrest exposed her breasts," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of terry


1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for terry


perhaps modification of French tiré, past participle of tirer to draw

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The first known use of terry was in 1784

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5 Aug 2020

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“Terry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terry. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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