Meaning of “bow tie” in the English Dictionary

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bow tienoun [ C ]

uk /ˌbəʊ ˈtaɪ/ us /ˌboʊ ˈtaɪ/

Examples from literature

  • He was dressed all in black with a dark green bow tie. 
  • He was soberly dressed in black coat and waistcoat, the latter showing a white triangle of hard-polished shirt and a black bow tie, with indefinite gray trousers and square-toed boots by no means new. 
  • He wore bright blue clothes, yellow shoes, and a bow tie made of the same cloth as his shirt. 
  • Next he produced a soft tennis shirt, which he exchanged for the linen one he had on, and an old bow tie took the place of the blue four-in-hand which he usually wore. 
  • She wore a gray skirt and a waist of white, with a severely starched collar about her throat, and a black bow tie. 

(Definition of “bow tie” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bow tie" in American English

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bow tienoun [ C ]

/ˈboʊ ˈtɑi/

a special type of tie (= strip of cloth put around a collar) that is tied in the way that you tie a shoe

(Definition of “bow tie” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)