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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


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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

Noun a skirt made of tweed The elderly professor was always seen in his tweeds.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sister Gigi went with a comfortable and stylish tweed bustier top and pant set by St. John. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Oct. 2021 Luckily, the main event was in full, living color, with the cast posing in oversized blazers, twirling in tweed suits, and waving capes of fabric like sheer flags for the flashbulbs. Vogue, 6 Oct. 2021 The skirt-blazer combo was pink and white tweed and had a black trim. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 5 Oct. 2021 Slouchy sweaters by Salvatore Ferragamo and Longchamp turn transitional when paired with hallmarks of an endless summer, like tweed Versace pants or a bright Hermès bikini. WSJ, 26 Sep. 2021 Spokesmen in three-piece tweed suits also discussed the Defender Works V8 Trophy and Jaguar’s latest limited-edition releases making up the E-type 60 Collection. Alexandra Cheney, Robb Report, 22 Sep. 2021 These pieces act as foils to a boxy powder green Edward Wormley tweed sofa from the ’50s. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Think homes filled with dark wood and plants, mossy colors, whimsical mushroom prints, earthen homes, tarot cards, extreme isolation, plenty of brown corduroy and tweed. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 Then creative director Karl Lagerfeld whipped up Army green messenger bags scrawled with graffiti and distressed tweed, leaning into the hippie-dippie vibes. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 9 Aug. 2021

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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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“Tweed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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)


\ ˈtwēd How to pronounce tweed (audio) \

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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