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buttonhole

[ buht-n-hohl ]
/ 藞b蕦t n藢ho蕣l /
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noun
the hole, slit, or loop through which a button is passed and by which it is secured.
Chiefly British. a boutonniere.
Surgery. a short, straight incision through the wall of a cavity or a canal.
verb (used with object), but路ton路holed, but路ton路hol路ing.
to sew with a buttonhole stitch.
to make buttonholes in.
to hold by the buttonhole or otherwise abruptly detain (someone) in conversation: The reporter tried to buttonhole the mayor for a statement on the bus strike.
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Origin of buttonhole

First recorded in 1555鈥65; button + hole

OTHER WORDS FROM buttonhole

but路ton路hol路er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for buttonhole

buttonhole
/ (藞b蕦tn藢h蓹蕣l) /

noun
a slit in a garment, etc, through which a button is passed to fasten two surfaces together
a flower or small bunch of flowers worn pinned to the lapel or in the buttonhole, esp at weddings, formal dances, etcUS name: boutonniere
verb (tr)
to detain (a person) in conversation
to make buttonholes in
to sew with buttonhole stitch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for buttonhole

buttonhole
[ b怒tn-h艒l鈥 ]

n.
A short straight surgical cut made through the wall of a cavity or canal.
The contraction of an orifice down to a narrow slit, as in mitral stenosis.
The American Heritage庐 Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright 漏 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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