Love-knot

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Love-knot an intricate knot, used as a token of love
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lufu, love; Ger. liebe; cf. L. libet, lubet.

Usage

In literature:

Despised love struck not with woe    That head of curly knots, Nor stomach troubles laid him low,    Young Stephen Dowling Bots.
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
As to whether the love-knot of which Mary Garland had the keeping still held firm, who should pronounce?
"Roderick Hudson" by Henry James
Who knows but that some day you may be showing it for a love-knot?
"A Gentleman of France" by Stanley Weyman
For then the king will find Geraldine's love-letter in the silver knot, and she is condemned.
"Henry VIII And His Court" by Louise Muhlbach
Your bow of orange ribbon is a very proper love-knot.
"The Bow of Orange Ribbon" by Amelia E. Barr
Lucy was lovely in this cloud of blue, with edgings of lace on the ruffles and knots of black velvet.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She folds billets in a lover's fashion, and practises love-knots upon her bonnet-strings.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
When Parents draw against our Mind, The True-Love's Knot they faster bind.
"The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay
The very knot bore the combined neatness and strength of female ingenuity, and its complication looked endless as conjugal love.
"A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden" by W. A. Ross
The furnishing of the chamber of the love knots was arranged for, decorously, between Mrs. Ransome and the foreman.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
She had a lovely top-knot, made of that which had been her tail.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
Having no children, they loved it as though it were the tiny top-knot of a baby.
"Harper's Young People, September 14, 1880" by Various
In love's true knot of verdant ferrit tied.
"Ebrietatis Encomium" by Boniface Oinophilus
She sat late at night correcting the embroidery of some true-love-knots that Margot had been making for her.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
Pink is the color scheme; the invitations are written on rose-tinted cardboard, cut heart-shape and adorned with floral love-knots.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
But Miss Ellenborough came to our rescue with some lovely doughnuts made in the shape of a true lovers' knot.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
Then he had to get a few diamond pins, butterflies, true-love knots, and so on, to fix it with.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
She has that sort of head that loves a hard knot to unravel!
"Barrington Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
So your knighthood must even go as you are, with my love-knots on you.
"The Honour of Savelli" by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
Who knows but that some day you may be showing it for a love-knot?
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
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In poetry:

All mysteries shall here be seen,
And every knot, unty'd;
Electing love, that hid hath been,
Shall shine on every side.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
Love God, and love your neighbour. Watch and pray.
Do as you would be done unto.
O dark instructions, ev'n as dark as day!
Who can these Gordian knots undo?
"Divinitie" by George Herbert
And here was love, and there was strife,
And mirthful shouts, and wrathful cries,
And strong men, struggling as for life,
With knotted limbs and angry eyes.
"A Dream" by William Cullen Bryant
The simple knot shall bind her gather'd hair,
The russet garment clasp her lovely breast:
DELIA shall mix amongst the rural fair,
By charms alone distinguish'd from the rest.
"Delia, An Elegy" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
But take you
This shepherd's crook, which, howso hard he begged,
Antigenes, then worthy to be loved,
Prevailed not to obtain- with brass, you see,
And equal knots, Menalcas, fashioned fair!
"Eclogue 5: Menalcas Mopsus" by Publius Vergilius Maro
On him what woman would not dote,
Who tied for her the lover's knot?
She gave consent--who could withstand?
And, at the church, she gave her hand.
What happy scenes appear to view,
Of tender love between the two!
"The True Lover's Knot" by William Hutton

In news:

Everyone loves to mention that charming detail about the recently opened Rusty Knot serving 99-cent beer and $3 cans.
The 'Playing For Keeps' actress tied the knot with Justin Timberlake in October and loves having someone to share everything with.
The 51-year-old fashion designer and Project Runway judge tied the knot with longtime love Lance LePere Tuesday in Southampton, NY, WWD reports.
One couple has boldly gone where no other has gone before by tying the knot in Britain's first Klingon wedding ceremony at a Star Trek convention to celebrate the much-loved TV series in London on Friday.
He and his lovely fiance Ellen will be tying the knot tomorrow afternoon.
Prince William and longtime love Kate Middleton tied the knot in a lavish ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey on Friday April 29.
Gene and his lovely better half Shannon Tweed tied the knot in front of friends and family this past Saturday in Beverly Hills.
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