\ˈtwēd \

Definition of tweed 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a rough woolen fabric made usually in twill weaves and used especially for suits and coats

2 tweeds plural : tweed clothing specifically : a tweed suit


biographical name
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Definition of Tweed (Entry 2 of 3)

William Marcy 1823–1878 Boss Tweed American politician


geographical name
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Definition of Tweed (Entry 3 of 3)

river 97 miles (156 kilometers) long in southeastern Scotland and northeastern England flowing east into the North Sea

Examples of tweed in a Sentence


a skirt made of tweed The elderly professor was always seen in his tweeds.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For the big event, Cardi wore an unexpected two-piece tweed skirt suit from Chanel’s Resort 2019 collection. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Of Course Cardi B and Offset’s Courtside Couple’s Style Is Over-the-Top," 24 Nov. 2018 The furniture is brown, so too the walls and art—darkened by centuries of peat burning in grates—as well as the cuisine, in which hearty gravy is a staple, and the occupants' tweed outfits. Robert O'byrne, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Legendary Manor in Northern Ireland," 12 Oct. 2018 Oversize embellished tweed coats sported big round shoulders and exaggerated tubular arms, while black cropped pants and leggings added a relaxed vibe. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "The sea, the sea: Chanel creates beach to cap Paris season," 2 Oct. 2018 Leave it to Chanel, a fashion house as reliable for its theatrics as for its tweeds, to dock a life-size ship inside Paris's Grand Palais for its latest cruise show. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "5 Self-Tanning Mists for Your Best Summer Glow Yet," 25 June 2018 And at the same time be buoyed by the confidence of the body-con babes and the micromini-ites: Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel tweed, Amber Valletta in a Saint Laurent LBD (emphasis on the L), and Gigi Hadid (all curves and cut-outs) in raspberry Mugler. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 After rehearsing the scene, Mr. Friend emerged from the house with a frilly white-and-green flowered apron tied around his shabby tweeds. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Rupert Friend Is Tired of Killing," 14 June 2018 That is what my tweed referred to — the anti-semitism of the Iran deal. Nick Vadala,, "Roseanne Barr says her 'Planet of the Apes' tweet was 'about anti-semitism'," 14 June 2018 This collaboration with The Can Van riffed on Chris Farley’s iconic Saturday Night Live character Matt Foley and inspired a fan to climb into the water in a tweed coat. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "These 15 Sacramento-area beers have the cleverest names of any released in 2018," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of tweed


1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tweed


probably short for Scots tweedling, twidling twilled cloth

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English Language Learners Definition of tweed

: a rough, woolen cloth that is woven with different colored threads

tweeds : tweed clothing (such as a suit)


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Kids Definition of tweed

1 : a rough woolen cloth

2 tweeds plural : clothing (as a suit) made of rough woolen cloth

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