terry cloth

terry

[ter-ee]
noun, plural terries.
1.
the loop formed by the pile of a fabric when left uncut.
2.
Also called terry cloth. a pile fabric, usually of cotton, with loops on both sides, as in a Turkish towel.
adjective
3.
made of such a fabric: a terry bathrobe.
4.
having the pile loops uncut: terry velvet.

Origin:
1775–85; perhaps variant of terret

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terry (ˈtɛrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  an uncut loop in the pile of towelling or a similar fabric
2.  a.  a fabric with such a pile on both sides
 b.  (as modifier): a terry towel
 
[C18: perhaps variant of terret]

Terry (ˈtɛrɪ)
 
n
1.  Dame Ellen. 1847--1928, British actress, noted for her Shakespearean roles opposite Sir Henry Irving and for her correspondence with George Bernard Shaw
2.  (John) Quinlan (ˈkwɪnlən). born 1937, British architect, noted for his works in neoclassical style, such as the Richmond riverside project (1984)

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terry
"loop raised in pile-weaving, left uncut," 1784, possibly an alteration of Fr. tiré "drawn," from pp. of tirer "draw out" (cf. cognate Ger. gezogener Sammet "drawn velvet").
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