Definition of argyle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈärˌɡīl/


[usually as modifier]
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1A pattern composed of diamonds of various colors on a plain background, used in knitted garments such as sweaters and socks.
Example sentences
  • From the mock-neck sweaters, crewnecks, cardigans, and sweater vests, argyle sweaters are further proof that it's cool to look like you're going to school.
  • Uriah Moss was so nervous as he walked to the President's room, dressed in a fresh white shirt and argyle sweater vest and jeans, hair done… the freshman thought of this on the same level as a date.
  • You can wear your new argyle sweater over a plaid or striped shirt - with or without a tie - and with your favorite pair of jeans, or even over your favorite turtleneck paired with flat-front pants for a dressier look.
1.1A sock with an argyle pattern.
Example sentences
  • However, Mr. Style really likes yellow socks or argyles.
  • My mom dropped the knee-high argyles, and picked up some plain, gray ribbed socks.
  • The only socks I darned after I was an adult were some favorite argyles that were cherished by the owner.


1940s: from Argyll, a family name and a former county of Scotland. The pattern is based on the tartan of the Argyll branch of the Campbell clan.

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Syllabification: ar·gyle

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