ter·ry | \ ˈter-ē , 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 \

Definition of Terry (Entry 2 of 2)

(Alice) Ellen 1847–1928 English actress

Examples of terry in a Sentence

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Silk or terry-cloth robe Terry-cloth, like from a hotel. Vanity Fair, Vanities, "SZA Loves Lisa Simpson, Balenciaga, and Her Rite Aid Hoodie," 26 June 2018 Cindy Crawford celebrated Sunday with a terry cloth robe and a clay mask which the super allowed to dry in the day's rays. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Cindy Crawford, Missy Elliott, and More," 27 May 2018 The terry cloth towels and all-cotton robes were notably soft. Anja Mutic, New York Times, "On Croatia’s Coast, Stunning Pools and a Mediterranean Mood," 5 May 2018 Leon Bridges and Sam Cooke croon from the speakers; the napkins resemble terry-cloth dish towels. Brett Martin, GQ, "GQ's Best New Restaurants in America, 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 Aimé Leon Dore Aimé Leon Dore striped sport shorts $240, Aimé Leon Dore Buy Now Aimé Leon Dore usually offers cozy goods like slim-cut sweatpants and french terry sweaters. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Five Essential Menswear Drops to Shop This Weekend," 18 May 2018 The master bath sinks by Urban Archaeology have Dornbracht fittings, the seat cushion is covered in a Holland & Sherry terry cloth, the ceiling light and sconces are 1960s Italian, and the floor is granite. Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: A Glamorous West Village Loft That's Made For Entertaining," 22 Nov. 2016 The German has played in 36 of Huddersfield's 37 Premier League games this season - starting in all 36 games - and has been a key reason why the terries were able to secure their Premier league survival. SI.com, "Huddersfield Town vs Arsenal Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battles, Team News & More," 12 May 2018 Always use a clean terry cloth or microfiber cloth to clean stainless steel. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Stainless Steel," 13 Mar. 2018

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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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