true lovers' knot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n true lovers' knot a stylized or decorative knot used as an emblem of love
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • True lovers' knot a kind of double knot with two bows and two ends, an emblem of interwoven affections
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cnotta; Ger. knoten, Dan. knude, L. nodus.

Usage

In literature:

Splendid cake, covered with Cupids, silver, and true-lovers' knots.
"Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens
Or that any analogy could subsist between the knot which binds true lovers, and the knot which ties malefactors?
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
Tie a true lover's knot (of shavings) and place it under the pillow.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
If a lady's girdle was properly tied into a true-lover's knot, she could not resist loving him who performed the charming trick.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
As she circled away, clutched by a rude Collegian, he lay back helpless, tied in a True Lovers' Knot.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
One day they trick me out with true-lovers' knots!
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
It was tied in a true lover's knot.
"Special Messenger" by Robert W. Chambers
Please, Betty, accept this little true-lovers' knot, and wear it this evening in your dress.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
They add a true-lover's knot to their arms to indicate dower status.
"Concordance" by Ann Wilson
Press some of these into pretty shapes, such as hearts, and roses, and true lovers' knots.
"The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
The Jersey shape is a true-lover's knot.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
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
A golden true-lover's knot above the heart bore the motto, 'But one can wound me,' and the whole jewel was hung upon a chain of immense pearls.
"The Green Fairy Book" by Various
Two little hearts in bright red glass, with a true lover's knot joining them together.
"The Man with the Double Heart" by Muriel Hine
Let me read you one or two, Ruth, while you tie your true lover's knots.
"Silver Pitchers: and Independence" by Louisa May Alcott
Joe came and sat by me, and, as we talked over our adventure, he cut that true lover's knot between the letters.
"Spinning-Wheel Stories" by Louisa May Alcott
It was secured by pink baby-ribbon tied in a true-lover's knot.
"Between the Dark and the Daylight" by Richard Marsh
On St. Valentine's Day, is a true lover's knot.
"Old Church Lore" by William Andrews
A true lover's knot of deadly viper, angry at intrusion, lay there; the dry Ridge swarms with them.
"On the Face of the Waters" by Flora Annie Steel
Or that any analogy could subsist between the knot which binds true lovers, and the knot which ties malefactors?
"The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb" by Charles Lamb
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In poetry:

Thus, meditation on Sweet Peas
Impels the ardent thought,
Would maidens all were more like these,
With modesty--that true heartsease--
Tying the lover's knot.
"Sweet Peas" by Hattie Howard
This lasted for three days, not more,
When Jemmy Truman call'd her Whore!
If this beginning you admire,
'Twas but the kindling of the fire.
Though the true lover's knot he'd tied,
In the first week he thrash'd his bride.
"The True Lover's Knot" by William Hutton