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·ton·holed, but·ton·hol·ing.
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.
Origin of buttonhole
Related formsbut·ton·hol·er, noun
First recorded in 1555–65; button
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Related Words for buttonholepot
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Historical Examples of buttonhole
He pulled it out of his buttonhole and tossed it into the fire-place.
Arthur had a fine rose in his buttonhole and looked profoundly thoughtful.
In his mouth was a cigarette, and in his buttonhole a pink carnation.
Let him go with his flower in his buttonhole and dance somewhere else.
He was very dapper in a new tailcoat and a flower in his buttonhole.
British Dictionary definitions for buttonhole
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
to detain (a person) in conversation
to make buttonholes in
to sew with buttonhole stitch
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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.
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