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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


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 Spring 2018, Chanel sent out elevated tweed versions with kicky fringe at the hem and at Isabel Marant, they were bedazzled and boasted a utility belt. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Say Goodbye to Short Shorts: Mom Shorts Are Back!," 12 June 2018 For the casual day, Anne wore a plaid shirt and tweed vest for the outing, while Sir Laurence, 64, sported a hat, blue shirt and walking stick. Claudia Harmata,, "Princess Anne Spends Quality Time with Her Grandchildren at Gatcombe Horse Trials," 15 Sep. 2019 From capes to dresses to statement coats, new takes on traditional tweed will be everywhere this season. Melissa Magsaysay,, "5 fall fashion trends to embrace — and make uniquely yours," 6 Sep. 2019 Pairing it with a tweed mini skirt and sneakers, as DJ Tessa Hilton does here, keeps the style youthful, not to mention comfy. Town & Country, "How to Wear a Classic White Button-Down Shirt for Any Occasion," 3 Sep. 2019 Fitz, with his strong, square jaw, carefully measured Boston accent and tweed jackets, perfectly fills the role of the Harvard man. New York Times, "Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?," 30 Aug. 2019 Three-piece ensembles with monotone tweed topcoats should become a popular selection for the new semester, the latter going with everything casual in the student’s wardrobe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Back to school fashion in 1950," 27 Aug. 2019 Her most recent pick was a tweed midi dress with an off-shoulder fit (how very Meghan Markle of her) and cap sleeves. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Queen Letizia's Timeless Tweed Zara Dress Is On Sale for $30," 16 July 2019 My vision of a professor had changed enough to include someone like me: someone without a tweed jacket, a writer first, whose love and respect for the craft of writing fuel her commitment to teaching it to others. Jennine Capó Crucet, The Atlantic, "How I Became an ‘Accidental’ Professor," 3 Sep. 2019

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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
: 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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