- one of a breed of large terriers having a wiry, black-and-tan coat and a docked tail.
Origin of Airedale
First recorded in 1875–80; short for Airedale terrier; so called from the name of a district in Yorkshire where the dogs were bred
Also called Airedale terrier.
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Examples from the Web for airedale
The book we bought says that an Airedale will go up a tree after a mountain lion.Torchy As A Pa
Looking wisely and suspiciously at Trent as he sauntered by was an Airedale.Anthony Trent, Master Criminal
It was the soul of his Airedale father, telling him the other thing was running away!The Country Beyond
James Oliver Curwood
The Airedale that does not carry a gay tail is a delight to no eye.
The Airedale, however, has always been known and appreciated as a sporting terrier.
- a large rough-haired tan-coloured breed of terrier characterized by a black saddle-shaped patch covering most of the backAlso called: Airedale terrier
C19: name of a district in Yorkshire
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Word Origin and History for airedale
type of terrier, 1880, named for Airedale, a district in West Riding, Yorkshire.
Name registered by Kennel Club (1886), for earlier Bingley (where first bred), or broken-haired terrier. [Weekley]
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