1. a pattern consisting of adjoining vertical rows of slanting lines, any two contiguous lines forming either a V or an inverted V, used in masonry, textiles, embroidery, etc.
  2. Textiles.
    1. Also called chevron, chevron weave, herringbone weave.a type of twill weave having this pattern.
    2. a fabric constructed with this weave.
    3. a garment made from such a fabric, especially a suit.
  3. Skiing. a method of going up a slope in which a skier sets the skis in a form resembling a V, and, placing weight on the inside edges, advances the skis by turns using the poles from behind for push and support.


  1. having or resembling herringbone: herringbone tweed.


    1. a pattern used in textiles, brickwork, etc, consisting of two or more rows of short parallel strokes slanting in alternate directions to form a series of parallel Vs or zigzags
    2. (as modifier)a herringbone jacket; a herringbone pattern of very long, narrow bricks
  1. skiing a method of ascending a slope by walking with the skis pointing outwards and one’s weight on the inside edges


  1. to decorate (textiles, brickwork, etc) with herringbone
  2. (intr) skiing to ascend a slope in herringbone fashion

also herring-bone, 1650s in literal sense and also as a type of stitch, from herring + bone. From 1905 as a type of cirrocumulus cloud.

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