Definition of terry in English:


Syllabification: ter·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈterē
(also terry cloth)

noun (plural terries)

  • A fabric with raised uncut loops of thread covering both surfaces, used especially for towels.
    More example sentences
    • Wash and wipe down surfaces with a clean, terry cloth towel.
    • Using a fabric button kit from the craft or fabric store, cover a large button with fabric to coordinate with your sandals - blue terry cloth and red-and-white gingham in this case.
    • The scrub person drapes the infant warmer with sterile terry cloth towels and ensures that there are two bulb syringes and cord clamps in the warmer.


late 18th century: of unknown origin.

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