- the loop formed by the pile of a fabric when left uncut.
- Also called terry cloth. a pile fabric, usually of cotton, with loops on both sides, as in a Turkish towel.
- made of such a fabric: a terry bathrobe.
- having the pile loops uncut: terry velvet.
Origin of terry
Examples from the Web for terries
Historical Examples of terries
Which is just about what happened when the Terries set out to rediscover the colonies, after all.The Lost Kafoozalum
- an uncut loop in the pile of towelling or a similar fabric
- a fabric with such a pile on both sides
- (as modifier)a terry towel
Word Origin for terry
- Dame Ellen. 1847–1928, British actress, noted for her Shakespearean roles opposite Sir Henry Irving and for her correspondence with George Bernard Shaw
- (John) Quinlan (ˈkwɪnlən). born 1937, British architect, noted for his works in neoclassical style, such as the Richmond riverside project (1984)
Word Origin and History for terries
"loop raised in pile-weaving, left uncut," 1784, possibly an alteration of French tiré "drawn," from past participle of tirer "draw out" (cf. German gezogener Sammet "drawn velvet").