Definition of tweed noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//twiːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//twiːd//
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a type of thick rough cloth made of wool that has small spots of different coloured thread in it a tweed jacket
  2. 2 tweeds [plural] clothes made of tweed
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: originally a misreading of tweel, Scots form of twill, influenced by association with the River Tweed. CulturetweedTweed is a rough, thick woollen (= made of wool) cloth made with threads of several colours woven together (= passed under and over each other) to make various patterns. The most common patterns are checks or ‘herringbone’, which has lines arranged like the bones of a fish. Many tweeds are in shades of grey or brown, and have a few brighter coloured threads woven in. Famous tweeds include Donegal cloth from Ireland and Harris tweed.Tweed is warm and hard-wearing (= slow to wear out) and is traditionally used for outdoor clothes, such as jackets and coats, and for women's skirts. Men's flat caps are also made of tweed. In Britain tweed clothes are more often worn by older people, and was considered old-fashioned until the 1990s when it became fashionable. Americans think of tweed as something that never goes in or out of fashion. In America tweed is fairly casual, so a tweed jacket could be worn to work by a professor, but probably not by a lawyer.
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