[ boh-not ]

Origin of bowknot

First recorded in 1540–50; bow2 + knot1

Words Nearby bowknot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bowknot in a sentence

  • We are afraid that someday you may run away and leave us, so we wish to tie you to us with a bowknot of affection.

  • Resting on its satin bed gleamed a string of graduated pearls from which hung a pearl pendant in the form of a bowknot.

  • bowknot—is tied like the square knot, but with ends doubled back in tying the latter half—used on neckties and ribbons.

    Educational Toys | Louis C. Petersen
  • Helen's hands rose slowly to her breast, where a pretty watch dangled from a bowknot of crushed diamonds.

  • In his free left hand he holds a slim ivory cane with a violet bowknot.

    Ulysses | James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for bowknot


/ (ˈbəʊˌnɒt) /

  1. a decorative knot usually having two loops and two loose ends; bow

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