ter·​ry ˈter-ē How to pronounce terry (audio)
plural terries
: the loop forming the pile in uncut pile fabrics
: an absorbent fabric with such loops

called also terry cloth

Examples of terry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like the towels, the robe instantly calms me with its weighty hug, and the external waffle knit texture is nicely contrasted by a soft inner terry cloth lining that wicks away any lingering moisture, if there is any. Kayla Blanton, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 Made with 100% cotton, these plush terry towels offer plenty of absorbency without slacking on comfort. Lauren Wellbank, Woman's Day, 17 Aug. 2023 The lightweight terry cloth on these towels is great for wiping and drying off dishes, pots, pans, or countertops. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2023 Look for fleece options to keep you cozy along with more midweight French terry for a light layer. Casey Clark, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2023 This collection can definitely be considered loungewear as there is even a blue terry cloth striped robe. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 5 Sep. 2023 Made of French terry, they are designed to be worn in the studio or on the street. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 9 Aug. 2023 One side felt soft and slightly plush, while the other side offered more of a terry cloth feel. Brandi Fuller, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 July 2023 Then slipped into a puke pink terry cloth robe with a bedazzled HM over the [heart]. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of terry was in 1784

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Cite this Entry

“Terry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terry. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ter·​ry ˈter-ē How to pronounce terry (audio)
plural terries
: an absorbent fabric with an even surface of uncut loops

called also terry cloth

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Ter·​ry ˈter-ē How to pronounce Terry (audio)
(Alice) Ellen 1847–1928 English actress

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