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View synonyms for button-down

button-down

[ buht-n-doun ]

adjective

  1. (of a shirt collar) having buttonholes so it can be buttoned to the body of the shirt.
  2. (of a shirt) having a button-down collar.
  3. (of a shirt) having buttons down the front from the collar to the bottom.
  4. Also buttoned-down. (especially of attitudes, opinions, etc.) extremely conventional; unimaginative.


button-down

adjective

  1. (of a collar) having points that are fastened to the garment with buttons
  2. (of a shirt) having a button-down collar
  3. Alsobuttoned-down conventional or conservative

    a button-down corporate culture



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Word History and Origins

Origin of button-down1

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35
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Example Sentences

Clad in a blue, striped button-down, a silver watch adorning his left wrist, Huckabee beams on the cover.

She wore a black button-down shirt and black mini-shorts and heels.

At the 1998 Academy Awards, Sharon Stone chose to pair a sleek lavender Vera Wang skirt with a white button-down.

Over Skype, wearing a blue button-down and Apple earbuds, he looks like any other stay-at-home dad in North Scottsdale.

She sports a Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane leopard button-down, a black blazer, and red leather pants.

He laid a common coat button down on the table, with a piece of cloth adhering.

"We'd better stop to button down the rain-curtains, Captain," advised Jim.

She had tried long series of shorts, and, once, she had held the button down for a solid three minutes.

All I took from Adelaide were a small set of scales capable of determining the weight of a button down to 20 ozs.

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