AskDefine | Define herringbone

Dictionary Definition

herringbone n : a twilled fabric with a herringbone pattern

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(Canada): /ˈhɛrɪŋˌboʊn/


  1. a bone of a herring
    • 1884: Samuel Smiles, Men of Invention and Industry
      The prosperity of Amsterdam was then so great that it was said that Amsterdam was "founded on herring-bones."
  2. a zigzag pattern, especially made by bricks, on a cloth, or by stitches in sewing
    • 1861: Charlotte Yonge, The Young Step-Mother
      'The best path of life is but a herring-bone pattern.'
    • 1922: James Joyce, Ulysses
      Mr Bloom walked behind the eyeless feet, a flatcut suit of herringbone tweed.
  3. a method of climbing a hill by pointing the skis outward in a V-shape to keep from sliding backwards

Extensive Definition

Herringbone can refer to:
See also:
  • Herring: the fish whose bones are the namesake of the "herringbone" pattern.
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