[ ahr-gahyl ]
/ ˈɑr gaɪl /
(often initial capital letter)


(of knitted articles) having a diamond-shaped pattern in two or more colors.


a diamond-shaped pattern of two or more colors, used in knitting socks, sweaters, etc.
a sock having this pattern.

Nearby words

  1. argus tortoise beetle,
  2. argus-eyed,
  3. arguta,
  4. argy,
  5. argy-bargy,
  6. argyll,
  7. argyll and bute,
  8. argyll robertson pupil,
  9. argyllshire,
  10. argyria

Origin of argyle

1790–1800; variant of Argyll; so called because orig. patterned after the tartan of this clan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for argyle

British Dictionary definitions for argyle


/ (ɑːˈɡaɪl) /


made of knitted or woven material with a diamond-shaped pattern of two or more colours


(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



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper