Etymology
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terry (n.)

"loop raised in pile-weaving, left uncut," 1784, of uncertain origin, possibly an alteration of French tiré "drawn," from past participle of tirer "draw out" (compare German gezogener Sammet "drawn velvet").

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Definitions of terry
1
terry (n.)
a pile fabric (usually cotton) with uncut loops on both sides; used to make bath towels and bath robes;
Synonyms: terry cloth / terrycloth
2
Terry (n.)
English actress (1847-1928);
Synonyms: Dame Ellen Terry / Dame Alice Ellen Terry
From wordnet.princeton.edu