What does buttonhole mean?

Definitions for buttonhole
ˈbʌt nˌhoʊlbut·ton·hole

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buttonhole, button holeverb

    a hole through which buttons are pushed

  2. lobby, buttonholeverb

    detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors


  1. buttonholenoun

    A hole through which a button is pushed to secure a garment or some part of one.

  2. buttonholenoun

    a flower worn in a buttonhole for decoration

  3. buttonholeverb

    To detain (a person) in conversation against their will.

  4. Etymology: Originally buttonhold (a loop of string to hold a button down), but changed by folk etymology by influence of hole; see the Wikipedia article on folk etymology

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Buttonholenoun

    The loop in which the button of the cloaths is caught.

    Etymology: from button and hole.

    Let me take you a buttonhole lower. William Shakespeare, Love’s Lab. L.

    I’ll please the maids of honour, if I can:
    Without black velvet breeches, what is man?
    I will my skill in buttonholes display,
    And brag, how oft I shift me ev’ry day. James Bramston, M. of Taste.


  1. buttonhole

    A buttonhole is a small slit or hole in a garment, designed to fasten with a button. It is usually reinforced with threads or metal eyelets to prevent tearing. In a broader context, buttonhole can also be used as verb, meaning to detain someone in conversation forcefully or persistently.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buttonholenoun

    the hole or loop in which a button is caught

  2. Buttonholeverb

    to hold at the button or buttonhole; to detain in conversation to weariness; to bore; as, he buttonholed me a quarter of an hour


  1. Buttonhole

    Buttonholes are holes in fabric which allow buttons to pass through, securing one piece of the fabric to another. The raw edges of a buttonhole are usually finished with stitching. This may be done either by hand or by a sewing machine. Some forms of button, such as a Mandarin button, use a loop of cloth or rope instead of a buttonhole. Buttonholes can also refer to flowers worn in the lapel buttonhole of a coat or jacket, which are referred to simply as "buttonholes" or boutonnières.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buttonhole in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buttonhole in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of buttonhole in a Sentence

  1. William Makepeace Thackeray:

    When I walk with you I feel as if I had a flower in my buttonhole.

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