Definition of Vandyke in English:

Vandyke

Line breaks: Van|dyke
Pronunciation: /vanˈdʌɪk
 
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(also vandyke)

noun

1A broad lace or linen collar with an edge deeply cut into large points (in imitation of a style frequently depicted in portraits by Sir Anthony Van Dyck), fashionable in the 18th century.
1.1Each of a number of large deep-cut points on the border or fringe of a garment or piece of material.
2 (also Vandyke beard) A neat, pointed beard: with his moustache and Vandyke he is practically unrecognizable
More example sentences
  • He had a mustache and a Vandyke beard, and he often wore a high collar with a plain white bow tie.
  • He sports a Vandyke beard and flashes a mischievous grin that gives him the look of a swashbuckler, though he's more adept with a torque wrench than a rapier.
  • His long, flowing locks framed a handsome face, and his neatly trimmed Vandyke beard and mustache were familiar from the image on many coins and from portraits.

adjective

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Denoting a style of garment or decorative design associated with the portraits of Van Dyck: a Vandyke handkerchief
More example sentences
  • Lady Charlotte sat for the artist-wearing a Vandyke dress of white satin.
  • The Little Lord Fauntleroy consisted of a velvet jacket and matching knickerbockers with contrasting trim and a Vandyke collar and cuffs.

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