Definition of buttonhole in English:

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buttonhole

Pronunciation: /ˈbʌt(ə)nhəʊl/

noun

1A slit made in a garment to receive a button for fastening.
Example sentences
  • Details like workmanship, buttons, buttonholes, cuffs, and seams are usually good indicators of the item's quality and authenticity. where to find the goods
  • Make the samples on the same number of fabric and interfacing layers that are in the garment where the buttonholes are located.
  • On the center front of a garment, horizontal buttonholes are the most secure and help prevent the opening from gaping.
1.1British A flower or spray worn in a buttonhole on the lapel of a jacket.
Example sentences
  • Brenda Fitzell and Lesley Irvine were thanked for the table flowers and birthday buttonholes.
  • A Shrivenham florist made a wedding at Cricklade a happy event by stepping in after a Swindon firm failed to deliver the bride's bouquet and 30 buttonholes for guests.
  • Both children received a special cup, as well as a posy of flowers for the princess and a buttonhole for the prince.

verb

[with object]
1 informal Attract the attention of and detain (someone) in conversation, typically against their will: reporters buttonhole officials coming out of the press secretary’s office
More example sentences
  • Around the adjacent display of scientifically-valuable spinning tops and dinosaur models stood a man buttonholing people to get signatures on a petition to save the place.
  • I've just spent the past hour or so buttonholing people wandering around and asking them what they think of the new products.
  • After that it takes Kernaghan a half-hour to get out of the hall as people keep buttonholing him.
2Make buttonholes in (a garment).
Example sentences
  • When the contacts on the presser foot ride over the markers, a circuit is completed and proper steps in the buttonholing sequence are initiated.
  • Roman cutwork or Colbert embroidery is one of the prettiest forms of buttonholing.
  • The edges are buttonholed all around.

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