Main definitions of tweed in English

: tweed1Tweed2

tweed1

noun

mass noun
  • 1A rough-surfaced woollen cloth, typically of mixed flecked colours, originally produced in Scotland.

    as modifier ‘a tweed sports jacket’
    • ‘She was a middle class young woman, tweed skirt and blouse type, successful, confident.’
    • ‘Although the gray tweed hat was much too large for him, he loved it for the simple reason that he knew it had once belonged to Jude.’
    • ‘In the cobbled backstreets mustachioed old men in tweed jackets and gaiters drive decorated carts at breakneck speeds.’
    • ‘In the 1920s the calf-length tweed skirt with a crêpe de chine blouse epitomised the British look.’
    • ‘Her clothes weren't very nice, in fact, her tweed coat had multiple small holes in it.’
    • ‘Its inhabitants are grand old families more likely to be dressed in practical tweed suits than spangly synthetic crop tops.’
    • ‘Look at the master tailoring of this fabulous dinner jacket or carefully balanced tweed and learn what it is to dress with distinction.’
    • ‘Head first to Regent St and Old Bond St for bone china, fine art and antiques, not to mention a bolt of tweed for country attire.’
    • ‘Wilfred, now bowed and shrunk, was still smartly dressed in tweed jacket and check shirt.’
    • ‘This crisp striped tie will match perfectly with navy and gray suits, or light tweed suits.’
    • ‘There aren't many rappers who can pull off an everyday wardrobe of tweed, turtle necks and tailored jackets.’
    • ‘The cuffs on his shirt were frayed and his omnipresent tweed jacket had patched holes.’
    • ‘To these he added beautiful topcoats in charcoal wool and tweed.’
    • ‘Arriving at the Capital Hotel, he wears a tan cashmere coat, orange scarf and tweed cap.’
    • ‘Of course, as a librarian she must now rush off and buy lots of Laura Ashley print dresses, cardigans, and tweed suits.’
    • ‘The participants are middle-aged men in tweed hats that you might expect to see on a British gentleman farmer.’
    • ‘Dressed in grey trousers, a black and grey patterned polo shirt, and complementary tweed sports jacket, he is short and stocky.’
    • ‘Traditional homespun tweed trousers are still sometimes worn by Aran Islander men.’
    • ‘The chilly night wind hits me hard and I shrink inside that same tweed coat from this morning.’
    • ‘Favouring tweed jackets and silk ties, Don Alvaro, as he was known, became for a while managing director of the family business.’
    1. 1.1tweeds Clothes made of tweed.
      ‘boisterous Englishwomen in tweeds’
      • ‘Many designers used pinstriped fabrics, tweeds and traditional fair isle patterning on knits for women, all elements borrowed from the boys and traditional masculine tailoring looks.’
      • ‘Stunning tweeds of red, lilac and brown were moulded into curvy skirt suits - some with ragged lace underskirts and others held together by large hook-and-eyes.’
      • ‘So go crazy this fall because flannels, corduroys and tweeds are making a huge comeback.’
      • ‘They dress smartly - in brand new turbans complemented by tweeds and ties - and they finish off the outfit with a walking stick bought from the Lakkar Bazaar.’
      • ‘Believe me when I tell you that a funny feeling creeps over you when you see a handsome man in fine tweeds roll up his sleeves, take out his hunting knife, and set about his strange, bloody butchery high on a mountainside.’
      • ‘He was a quiet, mildly alcoholic man in shabby tweeds and a clerical collar.’
      • ‘What's peculiar is that town-and-country tweeds, sensible handbags and court shoes are exactly the clothes the current generation of middle-aged women derisively rejected - and may never have worn in our lives.’
      • ‘One approach is to go for the country look - leather boots, tweeds, twills, cashmere sweaters and maybe even a waxed coat.’
      • ‘I see them at the races, with the stout shoes, binoculars, tweeds and hats, or on horseback coming past the house, but I don't really know them.’
      • ‘Many tweeds shown on the catwalk had raw fringes and the fabric could be inset with jewel rhinestones.’
      • ‘Nostalgia for the refined elegance of the older woman is all the rage in New York at the moment, with glossy magazines featuring models wearing tweeds, wool coats and pearls.’
      • ‘Pretty tapestry print silky dresses are worn with sumptuous tweeds, suede, leather and velvet.’
      • ‘It comes in several sizes and fabrics, including herringbone tweeds and canvas.’
      • ‘She was one of those astonishing Victorian women who conquered mountains and crossed scorching deserts corseted in whalebone and steel, sporting smart designer tweeds and improbable hats.’
      • ‘And look to menswear-inspired tweeds, checks and herringbone patterns for added panache.’
      • ‘The fabrics - tactile tweeds, sumptuous velvets, slinky cashmere - only add to the allure.’
      • ‘He habitually wore shabby tweeds and a cloth cap of the kind favoured by Cockney barrow boys, also by country squires.’
      • ‘Patriotic colours of red, navy and white as well as pastel tweeds were striking.’
      • ‘Many were in full countryside regalia - corduroy and tweeds, flat caps, hip flasks and sticks - despite having only walked from their expensive 4x4's parked nose-to-tail in the surrounding narrow lanes.’
      • ‘At this point I was spotted by a pro-hunt demonstrator, a stout, middle-aged man dressed in checked tweeds.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: originally a misreading of tweel, Scots form of twill, influenced by association with the River Tweed.

Pronunciation

tweed

/twiːd/

Main definitions of tweed in English

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Tweed2

proper noun

  • A river which rises in the Southern Uplands of Scotland and flows generally eastwards, crossing into north-eastern England and entering the North Sea at Berwick-upon-Tweed. For part of its lower course it forms the border between Scotland and England.

Pronunciation

Tweed

/twiːd/