[shiv-ee-uh t, shev- for 1; chev-ee-uh t, chee-vee- for 2, 3; for 3 also shev-ee-uh t]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cheviot

Historical Examples of cheviot

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


    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

British Dictionary definitions for cheviot



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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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