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bow tie

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noun
  1. a small necktie tied in a bow at the collar.
  2. a sweet roll or Danish pastry having a shape similar to that of a bow tie or butterfly.
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Origin of bow tie

First recorded in 1910–15
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  • One of these mommer's pets in a nobby sack suit—all dolled up in a clean collar an' a bow-tie an' grey kid gloves.

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    Jeffery Farnol


British Dictionary definitions for bow tie

bow tie

noun
  1. a man's tie tied in a bow, now chiefly in plain black for formal evening wear
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Word Origin and History for bow tie

n.

by 1887, from bow (n.) in the sense "ribbon or other fabric tied in a bow-knot" (by 1874) + tie (n.).

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