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Definition of tweed

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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


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Definition of Tweed (Entry 2 of 3)

William Marcy 1823–1878 Boss Tweed American politician


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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

Noun a skirt made of tweed The elderly professor was always seen in his tweeds.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On offer will be wide-leg twill trousers, Sherpa fleeces in jockey patterns, biker shorts, double-breasted tweed blazers, and the brand’s signature rugby shirts. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rowing Blazers Rereleases Two of Princess Diana’s Most Iconic Sweaters," 8 Oct. 2020 Vibrant tweed is well-matched against autumn winds. WSJ, "This Year, Embrace The Magical Power of Dressing Up," 8 Oct. 2020 While Emily's tweed Chanel jacket is — brace yourself — more than $6,000, there are certainly other ways to recreate this look without spending your college tuition. Danielle Tullo, Seventeen, "How to Dress Like "Emily In Paris" Without Spending All Of Your Money," 6 Oct. 2020 For the high-class, there were ecru and black tweed skirt suits -- the house signature. Thomas Adamson, Star Tribune, "Chanel celebrates cinema industry to cap Paris Fashion Week," 6 Oct. 2020 Later that season in Paris, both appeared at Thom Browne, not only wearing matching tweed suits and knee socks but also coordinating makeup. Eliza Huber,, "Maisie Williams & Reuben Selby Kicked Off PFW In Matching Dior Rain Gear," 30 Sep. 2020 There is also a white cotton tee that has the word repurposed made of tweed and wool houndstooth scraps applied to the front. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "We Want Every Piece from Acne Studios' Collection from Deadstock Fabric," 24 Sep. 2020 It’s just hard not to get swept up in the tweed suits of it all (or the restrictive Victorian-era dresses in which Miss Enola manages to sleuth). Washington Post, "Put your sleuthing cap on with ‘Enola Holmes’ and these 8 other Sherlock adaptations," 23 Sep. 2020 For her latest showstopping fit, Lipa took to Instagram sporting a custom Chanel two-piece, riffing on the contrast trims of the French house’s classic tweed jackets. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Gives This Iconic Chanel Look a Summer-Ready Makeover," 10 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Oct 2020

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“Tweed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tweed

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