argyle

[ahr-gahyl](often initial capital letter)
noun
  1. a diamond-shaped pattern of two or more colors, used in knitting socks, sweaters, etc.
  2. a sock having this pattern.

Origin of argyle

1790–1800; variant of Argyll; so called because orig. patterned after the tartan of this clan
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British Dictionary definitions for argyle

argyle

adjective
  1. made of knitted or woven material with a diamond-shaped pattern of two or more colours
noun
  1. (often plural) a sock made of this

Word Origin for argyle

C20: after Campbell of Argyle (Argyll), the pattern being an adaptation of the tartan of this clan
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Word Origin and History for argyle

Argyle

n.

"diamond-shaped pattern of two or more colors in fabric," said to be so called from similarity to tartans worn by Campbell clan of Argyll, Scotland. The place name is literally "land of the Gaels," from Old Irish airer "country." Argyle socks is from 1935.

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