how to pronounce buttonhole

bʌtənhoʊl

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An example use of buttonhole in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… elegant boot on EA in his buttonhole he …”

meanings of buttonhole

noun:

  1. A hole through which a button is pushed to secure a garment or some part of one.
  2. A flower worn in a buttonhole for decoration.
  3. A small slot-like cut or incision, made for example by an accident with the scalpel.

verb:

  1. To detain (a person) in conversation against their will.