Clydes·​dale ˈklīdz-ˌdāl How to pronounce Clydesdale (audio)
: any of a breed of heavy draft horses originally from Clydesdale, Scotland with long silky hair on the legs

Examples of Clydesdale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are few animals as beautiful as an Arabian, or as strong and impressive as a Belgian or a Clydesdale, or as striking as an Appaloosa. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 23 Aug. 2023 According to a Facebook post from local beer distributor Fabiano Brothers, a Budweiser Clydesdale will be making special appearances in three Michigan locations today through Friday in support of Anheuser-Busch's partnership with Folds of Honor. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 16 Aug. 2023 The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on former President Donald Trump to assist in urging Anheuser-Busch to stop tail amputations of its famous Clydesdale horses — citing the revelation that Trump owns stock in the parent company of Bud Light. Julia Johnson, Washington Examiner, 10 May 2023 Critics derided the first ad, which featured one of the brand's famous Clydesdale horses traversing the country, as a misguided attempt at quelling the backlash instead of offering a formal apology. Madeline Coggins, Fox News, 3 May 2023 The one-minute clip shows what appears to be a Clydesdale horse, which the company has historically featured in ads, running through American landmarks and past patriotic symbols. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 17 Apr. 2023 The ad shows the Clydesdale galloping past patriotic symbols, such as people raising an American flag and the Lincoln Memorial. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 17 Apr. 2023 Four Clydesdale foals – their names are Barron, Sergeant, Stinger and Razor – were born recently on the horses' breeding and training facility at Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, Missouri, about 150 miles east of St. Louis. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2023 Approximately 100 Clydesdale horses roam freely on the grounds of Cambria’s 2,000-acre Covell Ranch. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Clydesdale was in 1786

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“Clydesdale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


Clydes·​dale ˈklīdz-ˌdāl How to pronounce Clydesdale (audio)
: any of a breed of heavy draft horses originally from Clydesdale, Scotland, with long silky hair on the legs

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Clydes·​dale ˈklīdz-ˌdāl How to pronounce Clydesdale (audio)
valley of the upper Clyde River in Scotland

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