Definition of Tweed in English:

Tweed

proper noun

  • A river which rises in the Southern Uplands of Scotland and flows generally eastwards, crossing into NE 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/

Definition of tweed in English:

tweed

noun

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

    [as modifier] ‘a tweed sports jacket’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was a middle class young woman, tweed skirt and blouse type, successful, confident.’
    • ‘To these he added beautiful topcoats in charcoal wool and tweed.’
    • ‘The cuffs on his shirt were frayed and his omnipresent tweed jacket had patched holes.’
    • ‘Dressed in grey trousers, a black and grey patterned polo shirt, and complementary tweed sports jacket, he is short and stocky.’
    • ‘There aren't many rappers who can pull off an everyday wardrobe of tweed, turtle necks and tailored jackets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chilly night wind hits me hard and I shrink inside that same tweed coat from this morning.’
    • ‘In the cobbled backstreets mustachioed old men in tweed jackets and gaiters drive decorated carts at breakneck speeds.’
    • ‘Arriving at the Capital Hotel, he wears a tan cashmere coat, orange scarf and tweed cap.’
    • ‘Its inhabitants are grand old families more likely to be dressed in practical tweed suits than spangly synthetic crop tops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The participants are middle-aged men in tweed hats that you might expect to see on a British gentleman farmer.’
    • ‘Traditional homespun tweed trousers are still sometimes worn by Aran Islander men.’
    • ‘Favouring tweed jackets and silk ties, Don Alvaro, as he was known, became for a while managing director of the family business.’
    • ‘Wilfred, now bowed and shrunk, was still smartly dressed in tweed jacket and check shirt.’
    • ‘Of course, as a librarian she must now rush off and buy lots of Laura Ashley print dresses, cardigans, and tweed suits.’
    • ‘This crisp striped tie will match perfectly with navy and gray suits, or light tweed suits.’
    • ‘Look at the master tailoring of this fabulous dinner jacket or carefully balanced tweed and learn what it is to dress with distinction.’
    1. 1.1Clothes made of tweed.
      ‘boisterous Englishwomen in tweeds’
      • ‘Patriotic colours of red, navy and white as well as pastel tweeds were striking.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One approach is to go for the country look - leather boots, tweeds, twills, cashmere sweaters and maybe even a waxed coat.’
      • ‘He was a quiet, mildly alcoholic man in shabby tweeds and a clerical collar.’
      • ‘Many tweeds shown on the catwalk had raw fringes and the fabric could be inset with jewel rhinestones.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It comes in several sizes and fabrics, including herringbone tweeds and canvas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pretty tapestry print silky dresses are worn with sumptuous tweeds, suede, leather and velvet.’
      • ‘At this point I was spotted by a pro-hunt demonstrator, a stout, middle-aged man dressed in checked tweeds.’
      • ‘So go crazy this fall because flannels, corduroys and tweeds are making a huge comeback.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

tweed

/twiːd/