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(of knitted articles) having a diamond-shaped pattern in two or more colors.
a diamond-shaped pattern of two or more colors, used in knitting socks, sweaters, etc.
a sock having this pattern.
Contemporary Examples

Eighteen years ago the world became widely aware of the plaid yellow suit, the white minidress, and an overload of argyle.
Honoring the Iconic Style of ‘Clueless’ Erin Cunningham July 16, 2013

The first cat on the catwalk (sorry, we had to) was Vengeance, a 12-week-old Sphinx in an argyle sweater.
Kitty CATure Fashion Show, An Amazing Dog and Cat Fashion Show, Happened In New York This Weekend Lori-Lee Emshey September 29, 2013

Historical Examples

These sentiments were opposed by many of the lords, and in particular by the Earl of argyle.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various

The Marquess of argyle was the head of a party as well as the head of a tribe.
The History of England from the Accession of James II. Thomas Babington Macaulay

A considerable body was accordingly sent, who committed many outrages in argyle’s country.
Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies) John Howie

As argyle’s to the tartan, my heart has warmed to an Irishman since that night.
Destruction and Reconstruction: Richard Taylor

“We have nothing like it in Scotland,” said the Duke of argyle.
Highways and Byways in Surrey Eric Parker

argyle went off at six, and was in very indifferent humour as usual.
The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift

Archibald fifth Earl of argyle, succeeded to the title in 1558.
The Works of John Knox, Volume 2 (of 6) John Knox

The Duke of argyle was once asked which was the best language.
The Minute Man of the Frontier W. G. Puddefoot

made of knitted or woven material with a diamond-shaped pattern of two or more colours
(often pl) a sock made of this

“diamond-shaped pattern of two or more colors in fabric,” said to be so called from similarity to tartans worn by Campbell clan of Argyll, Scotland. The place name is literally “land of the Gaels,” from Old Irish airer “country.” Argyle socks is from 1935.


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