• synonyms

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.
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Origin of bow tie

First recorded in 1910–15
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  • A young man in a bowtie leaped to his feet breaking the no-questions rule in Long's over-size classes.

    The Deadly Daughters

    Winston K. Marks

British Dictionary definitions for bowtie

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 bowtie

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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