- a coarse wool cloth in a variety of weaves and colors, either hand-spun and handwoven in Scotland or reproduced, often by machine, elsewhere.
- tweeds, garments made of this cloth.
- a paper having a rough surface, used especially for certain photographic prints.
Origin of tweed
- William Mar·cy [mahr-see] /ˈmɑr si/Boss Tweed, 1823–78, U.S. politician.
- a river flowing E from S Scotland along part of the NE boundary of England into the North Sea. 97 miles (156 km) long.
- a male given name.
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Contemporary Examples of tweed
Tweed is estimated to have swindled the equivalent of $3.5 billion from New York during his time as a senator.Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard
October 23, 2014
Or a horse and carriage, like the one driven a young man in a tweed suit and cap from yesteryear, as he gazed up at the stars.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
He tried his hand at setting up a chain of movie theaters in Ireland, and worked at importing Irish tweed to Italy.The Letter That Paved the Way for ‘Ulysses'
December 15, 2013
That meant liquid embroidered metallics, satin lace-up skirts – and even a tweed bikini.Jason Wu’s Softer Side
September 6, 2013
Among his favorite garments were a raincoat, a tweed jacket, and a gray wash denim coat with studded straps.FIT Hosts BARK-à-Porter: Art Deco-Themed Pet Fashion Show
May 4, 2013
Historical Examples of tweed
This man was the Tweed of Mexico, and one of the most venal officials ever trusted by the people.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
I got into this, and soon I was on the platform in my tweed suit.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)
Tweed, at this time, was full of trout, but even then they were not easy to catch.
On Wednesday the Tweed had been roaring red from bank to bank.
Yon river is called the Tweed; and yonder, over the brig, is Scotland.Lavengro
- a thick woollen often knobbly cloth produced originally in Scotland
- (as modifier)a tweed coat
- (plural) clothes made of this cloth, esp a man's or woman's suit
- (plural) Australian informal trousers
Word Origin for tweed
- a river in SE Scotland and NE England, flowing east and forming part of the border between Scotland and England, then crossing into England to enter the North Sea at Berwick. Length: 156 km (97 miles)
1847 (perhaps as early as 1831), a trade name said to have developed from a misreading (supposedly by London hatter James Locke) of tweel, Scottish variant of twill, possibly influenced by the river Tweed in Scotland.