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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Cheviot
Historical Examples
  • The result was, the introduction into Scotland of the celebrated Cheviot breed.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • And does a George, succeeding to a dukedom, become "Cheviot" to his sister?

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


    William H. Dooley
  • Many of the Cheviot fabrics are made exclusively of these noils.


    William H. Dooley
  • In the country one wears tweed or Scotch Cheviot and a Derby hat.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • The Cheviot has a long body, long face, long legs, and long ears.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual Charles Alexander Cameron
  • The track of the ice in the Cheviot district is very distinctly marked.

  • Returning through the mountains of Cheviot, he was benighted, and lost his way.

    A History of the Gipsies Walter Simson
  • What should I speak of the Cheviot Hills, which reach twenty miles in length?

    Elizabethan England William Harrison
  • 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
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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