bow tie

  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.

Origin of bow tie

First recorded in 1910–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bow tie

Contemporary Examples of bow tie

Historical Examples of bow tie

  • 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.

    The Definite Object

    Jeffery Farnol

British Dictionary definitions for bow tie

bow tie

  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

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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