- a small necktie tied in a bow at the collar.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for bow tie
Here are four bright contenders, from a 12-year-old bow-tie king to a “mini style hacker.”Which Preteen Fashion Blogger Will Be Tavi 2.0?
June 16, 2014
Garcia looks the part with a high-and-tight haircut, a thin moustache, suspenders, and a bow-tie.The Secret Speakeasies of Buenos Aires
February 25, 2014
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
- a man's tie tied in a bow, now chiefly in plain black for formal evening wear
Word Origin and History for bow tie
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper