- As low necklines gave way to ruffs of starched lace, enameled gold and jeweled necklaces hung to the waist and below on men and women alike.
- Mascarenhas is a powdered dandy in silk stockings; a fluffy lace ruff brushes his chin.
- It's a grand pageant set in elaborate 17th century costumes of wigs, breeches, tights and ruffs.
- A trip to a Leeds theatrical costumier's secured the fancy dress, complete with buckled shoes, breeches and elaborate cuffs and ruff.
- Rembrandt depicts himself in a burgher's hat and cloak, as does Rubens, although the hats are dissimilar and Rembrandt wears a neck ruff.
- The globe echoes the shape made by the Queen's head with its surrounding ruff, like a planet in relation to the sun.
- In Elizabethan times the roots were dried and crushed and the powder was mixed with water and used to stiffen the ruffs worn by the gentry.
- By 1580 he had established a high reputation in Haarlem for miniature portraits in which sensitive faces, soft beards and crisp ruffs are drawn in metalpoint or engraved with delicate precision.
- Throughout Lady Rebecca regaled members with interesting titbits and explanations of why the Elizabethans wore shifts, fur trimming, cuffs and ruffs, etc.
- If honour meant wearing a great ruff around the neck, shame meant being denuded.
- He wore a dark blue outfit complete with tights and a large ruff around his neck.
- Tremain's costume drama distinguishes itself by mixing just a drop of earthy magical realism into its ruffs and codpieces.
2(on animal, bird)collar masculine
- It walked with a stalking grace that reminded me of a big cat, perhaps a lynx, especially with those tufted ears and cheeks, and the furry ruff around the neck.
- Adults sport a shaggy ruff at the base of their necks.
- Aside from the schipperke's thick ruff, the most striking feature of the breed is its tail - or lack thereof, since the tail is typically docked.
- The tail has a dark band at the end, with a lighter tip, which, like the dark ruff around the neck, is evident when fanned open.
- In addition, bicolors have a white ruff, white legs and feet and may have patches of white on their bodies.
- The facial ruff and disk are larger in highly nocturnal species, as well as those that hunt prey travelling under the snow.
- A generous ruff about the neck, and breeches on the hind legs are preferred.
- Behind the flock even the white tip of his tail and his ruff were quite invisible.
- Juveniles have a dark crown with no plumes or ruff, and a mottled neck.
- The dog trotted back out of the forest, trotting along happily, with the ruff of a pup in her mouth.
- The differences in coat length are most apparent on the tail and ruff.
- The Angora's coat - medium long on the body, more profuse on the underside and ruff - is fine and silky with an inclination toward waviness.
- The Iberian species, however, has a distinctly spotted coat of grayish fur with tints ranging from yellow to rusty orange, a flared ruff framing its face, black ear tufts and tail tips, and long hind legs.
- I stretch out my finger and a brazen parakeet sidles onto it, inclining its head so I can gently stroke its chalk blue ruff, so downy tender that it feels almost moist.
- Bird feathers used in mate attraction may form huge crests, ruffs, or tails: the male peacock tail is a case in point.
transitive and intransitive verb
1(in cards)triunfo masculine
- This strategy suits hands which look to be strong in honour cards or have a long suit that may be run through without ruffs by the opponent.
- It is often bad to lead the second round of hearts, because of the danger of giving a ruff and discard to the opponents, since there are only six cards in the suit.