Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A knitting pattern of varicolored, diamond-shaped areas on a solid background.
  • noun A sock knit in this pattern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a pattern of diamond-shaped areas on a solid background; used especially of knitwear
  • noun a sock having this pattern

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background (originally for knitted articles); patterned after the tartan of a clan in western Scotland
  • noun a sock knitted or woven with an argyle design (usually used in the plural)
  • noun a covered gravy holder of silver or other metal containing a detachable central vessel for hot water to keep the gravy warm

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Clan Campbell of Argyle, Argyll, a former county of western Scotland, originally from the pattern of their tartan.]

Examples

  • A fellow in argyle socks (not only argyle socks carried this fake man in a top hat around several times.

    Circus Wonder

  • Q: You talk about cardigans in the book and mention argyle, which is very American.

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  • Turn on the game, pour him a glass of his favorite beer and fire up the grill, it's time to knock dad's argyle socks off with this manly menu!

    Carolyn Scott: Father's Day Feast

  • Holmes, decked out in a tan argyle sweater vest, accepted the trophy and smiled broadly for the cameras.

    After midseason arrest, Super Bowl MVP took 'humble' route

  • This summer, Pampers is selling argyle and polka-dot diapers as Limited Edition Prints after offering printed diapers by fashion designer Cynthia Rowley last summer.

    Summer's Prettier Diapers

  • Turn on the game, pour him a glass of his favorite beer and fire up the grill, it's time to knock dad's argyle socks off with this manly menu!

    Carolyn Scott: Father's Day Feast

  • Or pair the skirt with Kane's henna argyle cardigan £820.

    Must Haves for Spring

  • So my right sock is usually a standard white ankle sock, and the left is rainbow-striped or polka-dotted or argyle.

    Left Neglected

  • She was ravishing in her tailored jackets and argyle socks.

    Lorelei

  • So my right sock is usually a standard white ankle sock, and the left is rainbow-striped or polka-dotted or argyle.

    Left Neglected

Comments

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  • Best when used with the word socks. ;-)

    February 20, 2007

  • In my household:

    Wife: "Yes, I checked to make sure the stove was off."

    Husband: "But did you argyle?

    July 2, 2007

  • You're probably not old enough to remember a song called "Alley Oop" by the Hollywood Argyles. Not actually a band--they were formed on the spur of the moment by the composer/vocalist in order to get the song recorded. A proverbial one hit wonder...

    October 3, 2007

  • Alley oop oop...oop...oop-oop!

    October 4, 2007

  • Who's not old enough? ;-)

    October 4, 2007

  • He's got a chauffeur that's a genuine dino-SAHWAH...

    October 4, 2007

  • I remember it. (If only therapy would help.)

    October 4, 2007

  • Don't fight it. Just sing along.

    He's got a great big club and a head full of HOWAH...

    October 4, 2007

  • *rubbing twisted arm*

    Like great big lions and grizzly BEARUHS....

    October 4, 2007

  • pattern of diamonds in a diagonal checkerboard arrangement.

    December 1, 2007