Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[her-ing-bohn] /ˈhɛr ɪŋˌboʊn/
a pattern consisting of adjoining vertical rows of slanting lines, any two contiguous lines forming either a V or an inverted V , used in masonry, textiles, embroidery, etc.
  1. Also called chevron, chevron weave, herringbone weave. a type of twill weave having this pattern.
  2. a fabric constructed with this weave.
  3. a garment made from such a fabric, especially a suit.
Skiing. a method of going up a slope in which a skier sets the skis in a form resembling a V , and, placing weight on the inside edges, advances the skis by turns using the poles from behind for push and support.
having or resembling herringbone:
herringbone tweed.
Origin of herringbone
First recorded in 1645-55; herring + bone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for herringbone
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • This herringbone or catch stitch can be used in many places.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • "But I didn't take over," Bridey the herringbone said complacently.

    Once a Greech Evelyn E. Smith
  • "You purposely got Harkaway to take you aboard the herringbone," Iversen interrupted wrathfully.

    Once a Greech Evelyn E. Smith
  • herringbone stitch over the raw edge of both sides of the seam.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • Squares, plaids, herringbone and lozenge patterns were done by this process in such a manner as to be very handsome.

    In and Around Berlin Minerva Brace Norton
  • Tamworth Castle contains some walls that were built by the Saxons in a herringbone pattern.

    From John O'Groats to Land's End Robert Naylor and John Naylor
  • The abdomen is gray, with yellowish markings in a herringbone pattern through the middle.

  • The brick floor laid in a herringbone pattern, if not original, is certainly early.

    Huntley Tony P. Wrenn
  • The feather-like branches are worked likewise in black silk in herringbone stitch.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
British Dictionary definitions for herringbone


  1. a pattern used in textiles, brickwork, etc, consisting of two or more rows of short parallel strokes slanting in alternate directions to form a series of parallel Vs or zigzags
  2. (as modifier): a herringbone jacket, a herringbone pattern of very long, narrow bricks
(skiing) a method of ascending a slope by walking with the skis pointing outwards and one's weight on the inside edges
to decorate (textiles, brickwork, etc) with herringbone
(intransitive) (skiing) to ascend a slope in herringbone fashion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for herringbone

also herring-bone, 1650s in literal sense and also as a type of stitch, from herring + bone. From 1905 as a type of cirrocumulus cloud.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for herringbone

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for herringbone

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for herringbone