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Definition of "tie-dye" [tie-dye]

  • To dye (fabric) after tying parts of the fabric so that they will not absorb dye, giving the fabric a streaked or mottled look. (verb-transitive)
  • The process of tie-dyeing. (noun)
  • A tie-dyed fabric or garment. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tie-dye" in a sentence
  • "Their tie-dye candy colours suggest rave-era new ageism but their hunched backs hint that reverie is no easy path to enlightenment."
  • "I don't see how to keep out the godforsaken artisanal soap goons and tie-dye artistes and smoked salmon entrepreneurs, but homegrown businesses that * don't* focus on the overplayed cedar-smoked-patchouli-and-organic-hairy-legs view of Seattle (talk about dated!) should certainly be featured in this space."
  • "What I found most unexpected was that these folks were not in tie-dye and Birkenstocks."