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  1. Sir Anthony. Van Dyck, Sir Anthony.
  2. Vandyke beard.
  3. Vandyke collar.
  4. Printing. a proof having white lines on a brown ground or vice versa, made from a negative for a plate.
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Also van·dyke (for defs 2, 3).

Vandyke beard

  1. a short, pointed beard.
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Origin of Vandyke beard

First recorded in 1890–95
Also called Vandyke, vandyke.

Vandyke collar

or vandyke collar

  1. a wide collar of lace and linen with the edge formed into scallops or deep points.
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Also called Vandyke, vandyke.
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Examples from the Web for vandyke

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Historical Examples

  • Vandyke, Reynolds, Titian—he deemed these the great triumvirate of portraiture.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • He was, as she had described him, very much like a Vandyke picture.

    Bird of Paradise

    Ada Leverson

  • The house dates from 1721, and has some good pictures by Holbein, Vandyke, and Reynolds.

    The Cornwall Coast

    Arthur L. Salmon

  • Mr. Vandyke called upon the clerk to put the preceding question.

    Robert Toombs

    Pleasant A. Stovall

  • Vandyke brown is used to color the filler, if none but natural color is to be had.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

British Dictionary definitions for vandyke

Vandyke beard

  1. a short pointed beardOften shortened to: Vandyke
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Vandyke collar

Vandyke cape

  1. a large white collar with several very deep pointsOften shortened to: Vandyke
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Word Origin and History for vandyke


"short, pointed beard," 1894, from the style shown on portraits by Flemish painter Anton Van Dyck (1599-1641); earlier "a type of collar with a deep cut edge" (1755) also from a style depicted in his paintings.

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