noun, plural ter·ries.
- the loop formed by the pile of a fabric when left uncut.
- Also called terry cloth. a pile fabric, usually of cotton, with loops on both sides, as in a Turkish towel.
- made of such a fabric: a terry bathrobe.
- having the pile loops uncut: terry velvet.
- Clark,1920–2015, U.S. jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player and singer.
- Ellen (Alicia or Alice),1848?–1928, English actress.
- MeganMarguerite Duffy, born 1932, U.S. playwright and feminist.
- WilliamBillMemphis Bill, 1898–1989, U.S. baseball player.
- a male given name, form of Terrence or Theodore.
- a female given name, form of Theresa.
noun plural -ries
- an uncut loop in the pile of towelling or a similar fabric
- a fabric with such a pile on both sides
- (as modifier)a terry towel
- Dame Ellen. 1847–1928, British actress, noted for her Shakespearean roles opposite Sir Henry Irving and for her correspondence with George Bernard Shaw
- (John) Quinlan (ˈkwɪnlən). born 1937, British architect, noted for his works in neoclassical style, such as the Richmond riverside project (1984)
n.“loop raised in pile-weaving, left uncut,” 1784, possibly an alteration of French tiré “drawn,” from past participle of tirer “draw out” (cf. German gezogener Sammet “drawn velvet”).