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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for airedale

Historical Examples of airedale

  • The book we bought says that an Airedale will go up a tree after a mountain lion.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • Looking wisely and suspiciously at Trent as he sauntered by was an Airedale.

  • It was the soul of his Airedale father, telling him the other thing was running away!

    The Country Beyond

    James Oliver Curwood

  • The city at best is no place for any dog; no place for terriers of all dogs, and of all terriers, the Airedale!

    The Airedale

    Williams Haynes

  • The Airedale that does not carry a gay tail is a delight to no eye.

    The Airedale

    Williams Haynes

British Dictionary definitions for airedale



a large rough-haired tan-coloured breed of terrier characterized by a black saddle-shaped patch covering most of the backAlso called: Airedale terrier

Word Origin for Airedale

C19: name of a district in Yorkshire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper