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[stroud] /straʊd/
a coarse woolen cloth, blanket, or garment formerly used by the British in bartering with the North American Indians.
Origin of stroud
First recorded in 1670-80; named after Stroud in Gloucestershire, England, where woolens are made Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • stroud ducked and shot a hand out, seized the quirt and wrenched it from her hand.

    'Drag' Harlan

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • The police of stroud came over in the afternoon, and took up the investigation.

    The Queen's Cup

    G. A. Henty
  • And malignantly, his eyes blazing with a jealous, evil light, he shot stroud—twice.

    'Drag' Harlan

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • For the horseman who had ridden out of the covert was stroud, the Rancho Seco straw-boss.

    'Drag' Harlan

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • They came upon stroud, lying near some bushes, and they saw his horse, grazing on the tall grass near by.

    'Drag' Harlan

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • He went down to stroud, and gave his old constituents a philosophic address on the study of history.

    Lord John Russell

    Stuart J. Reid
  • From the evidence it appeared that Taylor was the son of a poor man of the same name, a tallow-chandler, living at stroud.

  • Above the higher turret is seen a "Barr & stroud" range-finder in a canvas case.

    The British Navy Book

    Cyril Field
  • The cloth trade in the Valley of stroud (Gloucester) is a shadow of its former self.

  • In addition to the authorities cited in the text, see stroud, Jud.

British Dictionary definitions for stroud


a coarse woollen fabric
Word Origin
C17: perhaps named after Stroud, textile centre in Gloucestershire
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