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love knot

a knot of ribbon as a token of love.
Also called lover's knot.
Origin of love knot
1350-1400; Middle English love knotte Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Next he made a feeble endeavour to complicate the relations between his parts—to tie himself into a love-knot.

    Cobwebs From an Empty Skull Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
  • She gave him the love-knot from her breast, and stored his little trinket in that pure shrine.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • Who knows but that some day you may be showing it for a love-knot?'

    A Gentleman of France Stanley Weyman
  • The hair is long, and over it is worn a neat cap with lappets and a golden agraffe and love-knot, to support the hair.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • White as the white-thorn bush in the garden was her sweeping brocade, and on her arm a love-knot caught a tiny Bambini fan.

  • Troilus gives the maiden a sleeve, and she gives her Adonis a glove, as a love-knot.

  • To fasten his hood he has a curious gold pin, wrought at the greater end with a love-knot.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • As to whether the love-knot of which Mary Garland had the keeping still held firm, who should pronounce?

    Roderick Hudson Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for love-knot

love knot

a stylized bow, usually of ribbon, symbolizing the bond between two lovers Also called lover's knot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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