Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of a series of relatively large points forming an edge or border, as of lace, ribbon, cloth, etc.
  • noun A Vandyke cape or collar. See II.
  • noun A painting by Vandyke.
  • noun A small cape resem—bling a very broad collar, worn by women and girls in the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
  • Pertaining to the style of dress represented in portraits by Vandyke; especially, ornamented with relatively large points forming a border: noting a broad collar or cape, as of linen.
  • To cut the edge of, as a piece of dress, in points, after the manner of a Vandyke collar.

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

  • noun An edge with ornamental triangular points.
  • verb transitive To fit or furnish with a vandyke; to form with points or scallops like a vandyke.

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

  • noun a short pointed beard (named after the artist Anthony Vandyke)
  • noun Flemish painter of numerous portraits (1599-1641)

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Examples

  • I liked to go to meeting, -- not wholly oblivious to the fact that going there sometimes implied wearing a new bonnet and my best white dress and muslin "vandyke," of which adornments, if very new, I vainly supposed the whole congregation to be as admiringly aware as I was myself.

    A New England girlhood, outlined from memory (Beverly, MA)

  • I've had a mustache, a goatee, a vandyke, a soul patch, and mutton chops, and that was just last month.

    Mike Gellman: Hair of the Mug

  • I've had a mustache, a goatee, a vandyke, a soul patch, and mutton chops, and that was just last month.

    Mike Gellman: Hair of the Mug

  • Growing a beard has nothing to do with Islam; the Prophet himself never sported anything more than a vandyke.

    Daimnation!: Modernizing Islam

  • My moon is bright yellow with vandyke brown spots.

    natinski Diary Entry

  • Some, at least, could imagine the bean can sporting a neatly trimmed vandyke, or else something Lincolnesque; dressed, maybe, in a white suit, frayed of cuff and buttercupped with age; and supported by an eagle-headed cane; imagine the can pensively twirling a snifter of cognac as it pontificated before a library fire at the Explorers Club.

    Skinny Legs and All

  • A pointed vandyke and curled-up mustache gave the slaver the appearance of a foppish raven with clipped wings.

    The End of the Matter

  • A pointed vandyke and curled-up mustache gave the slaver the appearance of a foppish raven with clipped wings.

    The End Of The Matter

  • A pointed vandyke and curled-up mustache gave the slaver the appearance of a foppish raven with clipped wings.

    The End of The Matter

  • A pointed vandyke and curled-up mustache gave the slaver the appearance of a foppish raven with clipped wings.

    The End of the Matter

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