- 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
- Clark,1920–2015, U.S. jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player and singer.
- Ellen (Alicia or Alice),1848?–1928, English actress.
- MeganMarguerite Duffy, born 1932, U.S. playwright and feminist.
- WilliamBillMemphis Bill, 1898–1989, U.S. baseball player.
- a male given name, form of Terrence or Theodore.
- a female given name, form of Theresa.
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Contemporary Examples of terry
Terry Castle has this great book called The Professor, which came out after I was in grad school.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
At its height in the 1920s, Terry noted, the Klan wielded real political influence, boasting a membership upwards of four million.The Klan’s Call to Violence in Ferguson Blows the Lid Off Its Hypocritical Rebrand
November 14, 2014
The film holds a special resonance for Jones, since Terry also served as his mentor.
Clark [Terry] always had the ability to put young kids on his shoulders.
Terry Chung, an expert on fluidics and fountain systems, led the engineering of the mechanical systems.Font of Invention
September 18, 2014
Historical Examples of terry
"A connection of the family, on the mother's side," said Terry, with a leer.
Terry laughed an assent, but there was little enjoyment in his mirth.
It was just as much as to say, 'Terry, put your cards down, for I know your hand.'Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
"Terry the Woods, your honour," replied a score of voices together.
In an Irish household Terry's character would have been appreciated at once.
- 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)
"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").