an opening in a garment, for the arm.

Origin of armhole

1275–1325; Middle English arm-hol armpit. See arm1, hole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for armhole

Historical Examples of armhole

  • Measure the width of chest from side to side, just at the armhole in front.

  • Mr. Dainopoulos looked at Mr. Spokesly and thrust a thumb into the armhole of his coat.


    William McFee

  • "Plenty of men do that," he said, struggling to enable Miss Greta to find the armhole.

    The Messenger

    Elizabeth Robins

  • The back and front are edged with two volants; and a third, passing over the armhole, forms a sort of sleeve.

  • Still silently, I pulled out with my thumb through the armhole of my vest the police badge pinned to the suspender.

British Dictionary definitions for armhole



the opening in an article of clothing through which the arm passes and to which a sleeve is often fitted
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