[ van-dahyk ]
/ vænˈdaɪk /


Sir Anthony. Van Dyck, Sir Anthony.
Printing. a proof having white lines on a brown ground or vice versa, made from a negative for a plate.

Also van·dyke (for defs 2, 3).

Vandyke beard


a short, pointed beard.

Origin of Vandyke beard

First recorded in 1890–95

Also called Vandyke, vandyke.

Vandyke collar

or vandyke collar


a wide collar of lace and linen with the edge formed into scallops or deep points.
Also called Vandyke, vandyke. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vandyke

Vandyke beard

/ (ˈvændaɪk) /


a short pointed beardOften shortened to: Vandyke

Vandyke collar

Vandyke cape


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper