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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The sustainable French terry fabric on these Summersalt lounge pants are divinely soft and the belt-tie detailing and tapered cut are a definite style choice. Outside Online, 23 Nov. 2022 Soft terry fabric makes this simply stylish Reigning Champ hoodie a great choice for next-level comfort. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 16 Nov. 2022 This durable Fendi diaper bag features a terry and nylon liner with a changing pad and adjustable strap in an all-over FF logo. Laura Lajiness Kaupke, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Nov. 2022 Minnie Mouse Pullover Sweatshirt Designed exclusively for Disneyland, this super-soft adults pullover sweatshirt with French terry lining features retro Minnie Mouse graphics and puffed long sleeves. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Sep. 2022 The eco-cotton and French terry blend fabric is soft on the skin, with Spandex added to provide a little elasticity for comfort before the corset. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Sep. 2022 The mattress protector is made from a bamboo terry, so the material is cooling, breathable, wicking, and skin-friendly. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2022 Continue ahead for a curated list of the best terry robes currently on the market. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Aug. 2022 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 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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“Terry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terry. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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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