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

Definition of terry

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

called also terry cloth

Examples of terry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But popular Y2K-era terry styles like baby-doll dresses and rompers should be left in the past. Katharine K. Zarrella And Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Instead of the traditional spandex and polyester blend, the suit is made with a soft terry fabric that feels like a robe. Carly Kulzer, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2022 The All Day Shorts and At Ease Shorts are ideal for throwing on to run errands, whereas Richer Poorer's cotton shorts and Alo Yoga's French terry shorts are excellent for parking on the couch for the afternoon. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 14 June 2022 This crewneck has the feel of your college varsity crewneck and the sophisticated look of a PhD professor, thanks to the dense, mid-weight cotton French terry. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 17 May 2022 Mack Weldon and Buck Mason's terry sweatpants are equal parts soft and slightly scratchy. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 14 June 2022 James Perse collection includes a variety of styles, for both men and women, that range from T-shirts similar to the team's jersey to comfortable hoodies and sweatpants made from French terry, as well as other essential accessories. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 1 June 2022 The traditional athletic cut ensures a snug fit while the French terry cotton fabric gets better with every wash. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 17 May 2022 Think rugby and polo shirts featuring a new 1977 insignia, cable knit turtleneck sweaters, ’90s barn jackets redone in cool cotton blends, and wardrobe staples rendered in French terry and jersey. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Terry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terry. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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

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(Alice) Ellen 1847–1928 English actress

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