: a rough woolen fabric made usually in twill weaves and used especially for suits and coats
tweeds plural : tweed clothing
specifically : a tweed suit

Example Sentences

a skirt made of tweed The elderly professor was always seen in his tweeds.
Recent Examples on the Web Pristine tweed suits and white lace gowns have been two of her go-tos. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 23 Nov. 2022 With a wardrobe of high necklines and tweed suits, Dior helped the American actress look the part of European royalty after marrying Prince Rainier III in 1956. Cathy Alter, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 Jacobs wore a black jacket with a crew neck sweater and a dainty string of pearls around his neck, while Sui donned a blazing tweed jacket. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 24 Dec. 2022 The only real rules are that topcoats sit at or above the knee and are made out of mid-weight fabrics like wool, cashmere, and tweed. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 26 Nov. 2022 Come on, the character is wearing a fedora, bow tie and tweed coat, for goodness sake! Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2022 Five days into the shoot, the sweltering actors, wearing tweed and wool, took turns botching the final complicated tap move. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2022 Fun—that would be one more thing that Donegal tweed and confetti cake have in common. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 14 Nov. 2022 Brands like Noah and Rowing Blazers sold rugby shirts and tweed to the cool kids in the late 2010s. Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


probably short for Scots tweedling, twidling twilled cloth

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tweed was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Tweed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a rough woolen cloth
plural : tweed clothing (as a suit)

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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

Biographical Definition


biographical name

William Marcy 1823–1878 Boss Tweed American politician

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