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[shiv-ee-uh t, shev- for 1; chev-ee-uh t, chee-vee- for 2, 3; for 3 also shev-ee-uh t] /ˈʃɪv i ət, ˈʃɛv- for 1; ˈtʃɛv i ət, ˈtʃi vi- for 2, 3; for 3 also ˈʃɛv i ət/
a city in SW Ohio.
one of a British breed of sheep, noted for its heavy fleece of medium length.
(lowercase) a woolen fabric in a coarse twill weave, for coats, suits, etc.
Origin of Cheviot
First recorded in 1805-15; named after the Cheviot Hills Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • We now pass on to consider the next chapter in the geological history of the Cheviot Hills.

  • The result was, the introduction into Scotland of the celebrated Cheviot breed.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • In addition to all these natural charms, the Cheviot district abounds in other attractions.

  • Cheviot Wool may be taken as representative of the hilly breeds of sheep.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • Such would appear to have been the case with the great dyke of the Cheviot district.

  • The track of the ice in the Cheviot district is very distinctly marked.

  • The sheep thought that they recognized the fuming dun of an unusually heavy Cheviot storm.

    Wild Animals I Have Known Ernest Thompson Seton
  • If you had but been at home when Cheviot wanted Harry to have sent for you—because he did not think him fit for it!

    The Daisy Chain Charlotte Yonge
  • Branxholm Tower was about eighteen miles from Melrose and situated in the vale of Cheviot.

    From John O'Groats to Land's End Robert Naylor and John Naylor
  • And as an angler's paradise the Cheviot uplands have long been popular.

    In the Border Country W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for Cheviot


/ˈtʃiːvɪət; ˈtʃɛv-/
a large British breed of sheep reared for its wool
(often not capital) a rough twill-weave woollen suiting fabric
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Cheviot

range of hills between Scotland and England, named for one of them, The Cheviot, attested from 12c. as Chiviet; of uncertain origin; the second element is perhaps Old English geat "gate."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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