\ ˈtwēd How to pronounce tweed (audio) \

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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Several looks paid nod to the '80s—from bright colored jackets to Chanel logo pants and boxy tweed blazers. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Virginie Viard Debuts First Solo Chanel Collection," 3 May 2019 The tweed gave Kate's dress a timeless but polished vibe while Meghan's outfit was a little more sleek and modern. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wore an Off-the-Shoulder Tweed Dress by Erdem to the Victoria and Albert Museum," 10 Oct. 2018 Princess Caroline of Monaco was a great friend to the late Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, and her mother Princess Grace was often photographed in the house’s signature boucle tweeds. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Charlotte Casiraghi Channels Her Grandmother Grace Kelly at Her Own Royal Wedding," 3 June 2019 For the more sartorially curious, the Balmoral can arrange private tours of Scotland's mills, giving guests a chance to meet with the craftspeople behind cashmere and also tartan and tweed, the country's most iconic textiles. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Do You Really Need a Cashmere Butler?," 19 Apr. 2019 On the sixth floor of Barneys’s Madison Avenue flagship is a Chanel beach paradise with lemon tweeds, leather beach ball bags, and graphic swimwear that is going fast. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Chanel Hosts a Magical Dinner to Celebrate Its Barneys New York Pop-Up," 4 Apr. 2019 For the daytime event, Princess Eugenie went with a lovely cream tweed skater dress by Maje, according to Town & Country. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Puts Her Spin on Kate Middleton's Royal Headband Trend," 22 Mar. 2019 To mark her first visit as a royal patron of the museum, Kate wore an Erdem tweed dress (that's now sold out) and pearl earrings from the fashion house. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wore an Off-the-Shoulder Tweed Dress by Erdem to the Victoria and Albert Museum," 10 Oct. 2018 They were styled with oversized tweed blazers and matching print sweater sets that elevated the look. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Turned Its Runway Into a Beach—Complete With an Ocean and Lifeguards On Duty," 2 Oct. 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
: 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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