buttons

[ buht-nz ]
/ ˈbʌt nz /

noun (used with a singular verb) Chiefly British.

a bellboy or page in a hotel.

Origin of buttons

First recorded in 1840–50; so called from the many buttons of his uniform

Definition for buttons (2 of 2)

button
[ buht-n ]
/ ˈbʌt n /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be capable of being buttoned: This coat buttons, but that one zips.

Origin of button

1275–1325; Middle English boto(u)n < Anglo-French: rosehip, button, stud; Middle French boton, equivalent to boter to butt3 + -on noun suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM button

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British Dictionary definitions for buttons (1 of 2)

buttons
/ (ˈbʌtənz) /

noun

(functioning as singular) British informal a page boy

British Dictionary definitions for buttons (2 of 2)

button
/ (ˈbʌtən) /

noun

verb

See also buttons, button up

Derived forms of button

buttoner, nounbuttonless, adjectivebuttony, adjective

Word Origin for button

C14: from Old French boton, from boter to thrust, butt, of Germanic origin; see butt ³
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Medicine definitions for buttons

button
[ bŭtn ]

n.

A knoblike structure, device, or lesion.
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Idioms and Phrases with buttons

button

In addition to the idioms beginning with button

  • button one's lip
  • button up

also see:

  • cute as a button
  • have all one's buttons
  • on the button
  • push (press) someone's buttons
  • push the panic button
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