Definition of Vandyke in English:


(also vandyke)


  • 1A broad lace or linen collar with an edge deeply cut into large points (in imitation of a style frequently depicted in portraits by Sir Anthony Van Dyck), fashionable in the 18th century.

    neckband, choker
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    1. 1.1 Each of a number of large deep-cut points on the border or fringe of a garment or piece of material.
  • 2A neat, pointed beard.

    ‘with his moustache and Vandyke he is practically unrecognizable’
    • ‘He had short curly black hair and a badly trimmed Vandyke.’
    • ‘He had a mustache and a Vandyke beard, and he often wore a high collar with a plain white bow tie.’
    • ‘He has a gray mustache and one of those tiny Vandyke beards.’
    • ‘He sports a Vandyke beard and flashes a mischievous grin that gives him the look of a swashbuckler, though he's more adept with a torque wrench than a rapier.’
    • ‘His thick mop of hair was pure white, as was his neat little Vandyke beard.’
    • ‘His long, flowing locks framed a handsome face, and his neatly trimmed Vandyke beard and mustache were familiar from the image on many coins and from portraits.’
    facial hair, whiskers, stubble, designer stubble, five o'clock shadow, bristles
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  • attributive Denoting a style of garment or decorative design associated with the portraits of Van Dyck.

    ‘a Vandyke handkerchief’
    • ‘Lady Charlotte sat for the artist-wearing a Vandyke dress of white satin.’
    • ‘The Little Lord Fauntleroy consisted of a velvet jacket and matching knickerbockers with contrasting trim and a Vandyke collar and cuffs.’