Definitions for argyleˈɑr gaɪl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(in knitting) a diamond-shaped pattern using two or more colors.
an article knitted with this pattern.
* (often cap.).
Origin of argyle:
1790–1800; after Argyll ; so called because orig. patterned after tartans of this county
a covered gravy holder of silver or other metal containing a detachable central vessel for hot water to keep the gravy warm
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
a sock knitted or woven with an argyle design (usually used in the plural)
a pattern of diamond-shaped areas on a solid background; used especially of knitwear
a sock having this pattern
The argyle pattern is made of diamonds or lozenges. The word is sometimes used to refer to an individual diamond in the design but more commonly refers to the overall pattern. Most argyle layouts contain layers of overlapping motifs, adding a sense of three-dimensionality, movement, and texture. Typically, there is an overlay of intercrossing diagonal lines on solid diamonds. The argyle pattern is derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland, used for kilts and plaids, and from the patterned socks worn by Scottish Highlanders since at least the 17th century. These were generally known as "tartan hose". Argyle knitwear became fashionable in England and then the USA after the first world war. Pringle of Scotland popularised the design, helped by its identification with the Duke of Windsor. Pringle's website says that "the iconic Pringle argyle design was developed" in the 1920s. The duke, like others, used this pattern for golf clothing: both for jerseys and for the long socks needed for the plus-fours trouser fashion of the day. Payne Stewart, who won the U.S. Open and a PGA championship, was known and loved by fans for his bright and "flashy" dress; he wore tams, knickerbockers, and argyle socks.
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