Definition of Airedale in US English:



  • A large terrier of a rough-coated black and tan breed.

    • ‘A native of Tullamore, she has been showing Airedale terriers for the last six years.’
    • ‘The Airedale terrier found in the cathedral grounds of Dunkeld greets visitors with a wet muzzle.’
    • ‘The Airedale is the king of the terriers and the largest of the terrier group.’
    • ‘Two Airedales were among the handful of dogs lost on the Titanic.’
    • ‘One of the Harrison's dogs, an Airedale Terrier, stayed with the trapped women throughout the ordeal.’


Late 19th century: from Airedale, a district in Yorkshire, where the dog was bred.